Summary

Paris, 1945. Janine Simonian stands accused of supplying information to the Nazi occupying forces that led to the arrest and torture of several members of the French Resistance ¿ and the brutal murder of her own husband. Fiercely patriotic, and the wife of a Jew, Janine had always been outspoken in her condemnation of the Nazis. Abwehr intelligence officer Günter Mai judged her the unlikeliest of recruits for his network of informants, resistant to all the usual triggers...until the Gestapo's reign of terror intensified, and her children were rounded up for deportation. This is a powerful tale of conscience and betrayal, as shocking as it is moving. It poses uncomfortable questions about the priorities of personal and national loyalty in a time of war.
©1987 Reginald Hill; (P)2006 Isis Publishing Ltd
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"The best living male crime writer in the English-speaking world." (Andrew Taylor)
"Hill, the creator of detective duo Dalziel and Pascoe, takes an excursion to wartime Paris in this novel, which is as much a useful history lesson as a portrait of human frailty, courage and resourcefulness under enemy occupation... The plot delivers heart-stopping suspense, while life in occupied Paris is as convincingly evoked as the moral ambivalence of the wide cast of characters, rendered with lively sympathy by Tudor Barnes." (The Sunday Times, Audio Book of the Week)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Joseph on 26-03-09

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I had only listened to Hill's Dalziel and Pascoe novels until now. It was an exellent listen tI couldn't stop listening too. There was a small amount of mystery in it, life in Paris under the Nazi's and what one women had to do to protect her family

Highly recomended

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5 out of 5 stars
By Susan E. on 30-12-08

Excellent Read

I chose this book as I am an ardent Dalziel & Pascoe Fan. I was a bit nervous that writing about a subject so different to the police duo might be disappointing. But I loved the book. The story was engrossing and I listened to it constantly and if you are interested in Second World War Stories, this is definitely the book for you.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lesley on 29-08-09

Seamless twining of threads

Reginald Hill twists and twines his story threads so smoothly. Set mainly in Paris during WWII, this is a compassionate look at collaboration in all its shades of grey. Despite being an examination of personal versus national responsibilities, this is a 'cracking good yarn' with wonderful characters and an exciting plot. I found it hard to put down. The narration really added depth to the characters. The narrator used regional accents to give subtlety to the 'station' and 'power' of certain characters. The regional accents were British and not every listener will be familiar with these, but it's worth getting to know them as they will add to your range of aural understanding.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Kathy on 21-02-12

Extraordinary !

Complicated characters and French names made this book a challenge for me but persistence shed light on at part of WWII that I know so little about ??? Occupied France and the French Resistant. All questions of quilt/innocence are complicated and Reginald Hill knits the plot brilliantly.

Great listen but I listened to it twice before I understood who was doing what to whom. Worth it !!!

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