Detective Inspector Lafarge, a former prisoner of war, is sent to investigate the murder of the beautiful young film actress Marguerite Suchet. As Lafarge becomes increasingly repelled by his colleagues’ behaviour towards all those who oppose the Nazis, he must question the allegiances and loyalty of everyone around him…and ultimately his own as well.

Hats off to Mr Irwin for pulling off a complex murder mystery intertwined with the equally complex political situation in France during WWII. I knew very little of the lives of people in Paris during the occupation and found the detail in this novel really interesting. The writing shows the author’s ability to evoke suspense and mystery. A really good crime novel, which is not overshadowed by the sense of place and time it is set in, but complimented by it.

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Click the cover to go to the Amazon book page.