The Paris Collaborator by A. W. Hammond is a historical, mystery thriller set in German occupied Paris.
The action takes place in a short period of less than two weeks, from the 14th of August to the 26th August 1944.
The Americans are getting closer to Paris each day. No one wants to be seen as a collaborator, particularly with liberation imminent.
Former French school teacher, Auguste Duchene, has found a way to survive. With his ability to speak German and English, he has been finding missing children. After successfully reuniting a wealthy German family with their stolen baby, he now has unwelcome attention from the French Resistance and the Nazi hierarchy.
His vulnerability is his daughter Marienne, who he loves and would do anything for. Father and daughter are not on good terms as she has taken a German lover.
Auguste is approached by the French Resistance to locate a missing priest who was hiding a cache of weapons for them. Both the Priest and the weapons have disappeared.
At the same time, Auguste is approached by a powerful Nazi who demands that he locate a German soldier who is also missing.
He is given 48 hours to complete both tasks and Marienne’s life is used as a threat.
For Auguste and Marienne to survive he must find the priest, the weapons, and the soldier. This is not an easy task with the Gestapo and the Resistance trailing his every move!
It is a gripping wartime story full of danger, black market trading, betrayals, and murder. So many French citizens are just doing whatever it takes to survive the occupation.
The twists and turns along the way keep you engaged and guessing at the outcome. The book is also thought-provoking about the lives of the French people during the occupation and the fate of those accused of being collaborators.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it.
Thank you to Echo publishing for the opportunity to read A W Hammond’s latest novel. I will be looking out for his next one.
Author: A.W. Hammond
Copy courtesy of Echo Publishing
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