Three Hours in Paris

Soho Crime. Apr. 2020. 360p. ISBN 9781641290418. $27.95. thriller
Black’s popular protagonist Aimée Leduc is on a well-earned vacation, but Black gives readers an exciting stand-alone historical thriller set in occupied Paris during World War II. In 1940, Hitler went to Paris to celebrate Germany’s conquest of the city, but he only stayed for three hours. Why? Black provides an intriguing explanation. Kate Rees, a young American serving on a British base, is mourning the loss of her British husband and their infant daughter in a German bombing. British intelligence, knowing that she is a sharpshooter, offer her an opportunity for revenge: assassinate Hitler during his visit to Paris. When the mission fails and her escape plan is compromised, Kate finds herself alone with no one to trust. She must get out of Paris alive while Nazis are pursuing her. Readers are taken on a breathtaking tour of Paris neighborhoods as Kate evades a rather sympathetic German policeman (an homage to Philip Kerr’s Bernie Gunther) and connects with French contacts who may or may not be Resistance fighters.
VERDICT Black’s fans will not be disappointed, and readers who enjoy Alan Furst and John Le Carré will join the crowd that will devour this must-read. [See Prepub Alert, 9/30/19.]

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