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by Head of Zeus, 20 August 2015. ISBN 978-1781853313
This is a very cleverly crafted thriller which
combines real people and events with imaginary characters in a highly
speculative interpretation of the era.The use of the dubious evidence to build up a tale is the reason for the
alternate history label for this book.
November 1939 Conrad de Lancey travelled to The Netherlands on a spying
mission.The Phoney War is in full swing
as he endeavours to discover the veracity of the evidence he has received of a
group of German officers prepared to plot a coup against Hitler.He has been a reluctant convert to the
realisation of the depth of Nazi depravity but he is determined to pursue the
destruction of Hitler and Nazism even though he has friends and family who hope
that some negotiation could bring peace to Europe, thus avoiding the wholesale
slaughter of WW1.
and others around him are involved in thrilling adventures with the possibility
of death or imprisonment always present.The story is presented from both German and English perspectives and
suggests fascinating alternative history.The contrasting aims of people in government during the early years of
WW2are cleverly revealed.It rises to a climax as Conrad realises that
he cannot assume anyone to be a genuine ally.
reach an ending with the British retreat from Dunkirk but I would expect
further adventures to follow for these interesting people.The historical notes at the end help the
reader to understand the mixture of reality and speculation in this book.
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
Ridpath has a previous adventure for Conrad in Traitor's Gateand is the
author of 8 financial thrillers and a series of crime novels about an Icelandic
Michael Ridpath was born in Devon in 1961, but brought up in Yorkshire. He
was educated at Millfield, Merton College, Oxford.
Before becoming a writer, Michael Ridpath used to work in the City of London as a bond
trader. He has written eight thrillers set in the worlds of business and
finance, but is now trying his hand at something slightly different. Where
The Shadows Lie, the first in the Fire and Ice series featuring an
Icelandic detective named Magnus Jonson, was published in 2010. He has
published two further books in the series. He now lives in North
Jennifer PalmerThroughout my reading life crime fiction has been
a constant interest; I really enjoyed my 15 years as an expatriate in the Far
East, the Netherlands &
but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.