When I was writing my first novel, Transfer Day, I had to create a Marine character that would be instrumental in changing the fate of another character: a German U-boat deserter. I imagined Major Dyer as a cross between William Holden in “The Proud and the Profane” and Lt. Dan in “Forrest Gump” –a man of steel with a heart of gold. Aided by a sympathetic Danish judge, a Creole Sephardic girl concocts a plan to secure the German deserter’s release by feeding Major Dyer a convoluted story that she hopes he will accept, but rewards him in the end by giving him the greatest war prize of all: a German code book. This is one of my favorite scenes I have ever written. Enjoy!
|Judge Neergaard, a wise and sympathetic Danish judge.|