“Literate crime thrillers don’t get much better than this.” —Publishers Weekly (starred) on L’Assassin
Peter Steiner has thoroughly impressed sophisticated thriller mavens everywhere with his critically acclaimed novels featuring ex-CIA operative Louis Morgon. Now, in what is indubitably Steiner’s finest book to date, Louis attempts to solve a mystery with roots going back as far as World War II.
When Louis purchases a rundown house in Saint-Leon-sur-Dême, he quickly goes to work fixing it up. However, during the renovations, he discovers evidence of a long forgotten crime hidden beneath the floorboards. Unable to leave a good mystery unsolved, he enlists the help of his friend Renard, a French cop, and sets out to discover exactly what happened in this small French village during the Nazi occupation.
As Louis and Renard search for the answer to a decades-old question, they encounter an unforgettable cast of characters, including Simon, a Jew from Berlin who leads a French resistance cell, a Nazi colonel who is not at all what he seems, and Marie Piano, whose bravery is unmatched. Soon, Louis is pulled into the secrets and lies of the past as he begins to call into question the very nature of guilt and innocence in times of war.
Compelling, arresting, and complex, The Resistance is a thriller that will appeal to fans of John le Carre and Graham Greene.
Steiner's suspenseful fourth thriller featuring former CIA spy and State Department operative Louis Morgon (after 2010's The Terrorist) provides new details on how Morgon came to settle in rural France after Nixon's secretary of state canned him in 1974. During renovations of his new home in Saint Leon, Morgon finds some faded documents and a brace of pistols concealed in a crawl space. These items prove to be connected with the French resistance against the Nazi occupation. He brings the materials to the local police officer, Jean Renard, whose father had a similar post under the Vichy regime. Flashbacks to WWII recount the struggles of ordinary Frenchmen to survive without surrendering their souls. A mystery concerning a possible traitor in the ranks of the resistance carries over into Morgon's present. Steiner brings the period to life in a compelling manner, even if his lead is in the background for most of the book. Agent: Jennifer Lyons, Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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August 20, 2012
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