War in the Shadows: Resistance, Deception and Betrayal in Occupied France
'It is beautifully written, minutely observed... full of underhand trickery... in every sense of the word an intriguing book.' The Times
After publishing an acclaimed biography of Jean Moulin, leader of the French Resistance, Patrick Marnham received an anonymous letter from a person who claimed to have worked for British Intelligence during the war. The ex-spy praised his book but insisted that he had missed the real 'treasure'.
The letter drew Marnham back into the past, to the early 1960s when he had been taught French by a mercurial woman - a former Resistance leader, whose SOE network was broken on the same day that Moulin was captured. She was arrested by the Gestapo and endured eighteen months in Ravensbru ck concentration camp. Could these two events have been connected? His anonymous correspondent seemed to think so and offered a tantalising set of clues. Using a knowledge of France gained from his years as a Paris correspondent, together with original research in British and French archives, Marnham set out to uncover the truth.
Part quest, part spy story, part history, War in the Shadows reveals the reality of the secret war at every level, and exposes the ruthless double-dealing of the British, French, American and Russian intelligence services through one of the darkest periods of the Second World War.
Full of twists and turns, it is a story worthy of le Carre, but with this difference - it is not fiction.
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