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Published by Matador, 28
February 2018. ISBN: 978-1-788037-88-4
This book takes a famous historical event - the Munich
Conference of 1938 when Chamberlain made his deal with Hitler over
Czechoslovakia - and imagines a US journalist trying to reveal important
information, which affects their decisions, to the politicians. This man,
Bradley C. Wilkes, gate-crashes the conference and then disappears. In
2015 his granddaughter (from an illegitimate branch of the powerful American
family), Emma Drake, who is a history graduate at Cambridge, investigates what
happened to him. Not surprisingly she is emotionally involved in her
quest. Her assistant, Roper, has a shady past and a strange relationship
with Emma’s mother.
investigation involves trying to talk to estranged relatives, pursuing a cache
of relevant papers and leading a conference on the Munich Conference in Munich
with historians of varying views from various countries. The German
authorities are not keen on raking up the unsavoury history of the Nazi regime
and some of the delegates to Emma’s conference have very different agendas from
is a focussed and ruthless operator facing a situation in which she is fighting
for high stakes indeed. She gradually pieces together her grandfather’s
life story, finding that she has to accept some unpalatable truths about him.
She works hard to flush out her enemies in Munich as twist after twist
develops in the battle for superiority.
is a gripping thriller around a serious historical topic. The historians
give presentations that form a sort of punctuation to the actions of those who
want to use the conference as cover for their own agendas. The
history is complex, so the conclusions suggested in this book are
questionable. This makes a particularly interesting survey!
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
is a first chapter from a second book by David Laws at the end of Munich: The Man Who Said No!
has been a national newspaper journalist for many years in London and
Manchester. He previously worked as a reporter for local newspapers and as a
writer and editor for magazines dealing with film, medicine, travel and
finance. Now he’s writing novels about his favourite historical period -
before, during and after the two world wars.
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 & the USA 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.