FLIGHT FROM ALEPPO opens with Conrad, a middle-aged college professor and volunteer at a refugee center in New Haven, meeting a Syrian immigrant, Ghadir, who seeks his help in locating her son, a eleven-year old boy who has been kidnapped by his father and taken to an ISIS training ground in the Middle East. Conrad, who learns that he is suffering from a rare form of untreatable cancer, decides to journey to Syria with a cadre of devoted friends, to find the boy and bring him back to safety in America, whatever the risks. Immediate and suspenseful, FLIGHT FROM ALEPPO confronts intolerance and offers hope for those who fight for justice and understanding.
Barry R. Schaller was a justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court. He is the author of A Vision of American Law: Judging Law, Literature, and the Stories We Tell, Understanding Bioethics and Law: The Promises and Perils of the Brave New World of Biotechnology, Veterans on Trial: The Coming Court Battles Over PTSD, and a prior novel, The Ramadi Affair (2016). After suffering from a rare form of leukemia, he died in September 2017. FLIGHT FROM ALEPPO is his second novel.