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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (29 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007334788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007334780
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 324,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reginald Hill is a native of Cumbria and former resident of Yorkshire, the setting for his novels featuring Superintendent Dalziel and DCI Pascoe. Their appearances have won him numerous awards including a CWA Gold Dagger and Lifetime Achievement award. They have also been adapted into a hugely popular BBC TV series.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jon Mack on 23 Feb 2006
Format: Paperback
This is quite a a departure from the Daziel and Pascoe books we expect from Hill, but I thoroughly enjoyed this novel set in occupied Paris.
It focuses on a young mother who compromises herself with links to an Abwehr agent in order to secure her husband's return to Paris from a German PoW hospital and to ensure safe passage for her young children to Vichy. The book details the utter self-destruction of Parisian society presided over by the Axis, and the revenge of the Parisian mob against collaborators.
This might sound a bit 'heavy', but the book is characteristically well written and moving. Thoroughly recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Norris on 18 Aug 2007
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The history of France during 1940-45 is complex and much debated, and Reginald Hill's book captures the essence of these complexities very well. Following the plight of a French family and a German Officer posted to Paris during the Occupation, the book covers the history of this period in excellent detail. It picks up on many of the political and sociological issues faced by the French people during this period and how they dealt with them - and indeed how they reacted to the changing prospects of the war. The atrocious realities of the round-ups of French Jews and their subsequent deportation are told with breathtaking clarity. It goes on to draw astute parallels between the defeat of 1940 and the liberation of 1945. The story itself plays brilliantly on how humanity struggled and coped (or didn't cope) with the events of this era, and keeps you guessing right up until the last few pages as to the fate of the main characters. A wonderful, moving, thought-provoking read made the more chilling by its closeness to the reality of the period - the characters may be fictitious but the story is all too real. Definitely recommended - an absolute must to anyone interested in the history of the period. Thank you Mr Hill!
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Oct 2005
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This old, republished novel from Hill may surprise many of his fans who only know him through his Dalziel and Pascoe series (though, as he likes to point out, they only constitute half his actual authorial output). A novel of wartime in Paris, it's completely different from almost every other book of his that's readily available. Different in everything but style, adeptness at drawing character, and excellence.
The Collaborators is an intelligent, moving, challenging novel that questions the nature of personal loyalties during war-time. It's written with Hill's usual style, married to a great understanding of human behaviour in times of great trial, and with sly traces of humour (though it's less obvious than some of his most recent D&P novels). Taking place over a period of about 6 years, it may be 450+ hardback pages, but it moves very quickly, and there's never a dull moment. The characters and their complicated relationships, with others and themselves, are extremely well done. It's very different, but very good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bookworm VINE VOICE on 6 Feb 2013
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I've just started to read Reginald Hill and what a book to start with! His writing style is clear and concise. The story centres around a group of Parisiens who, for one reason or another, decide to collaborate with their Occupiers during WWII - some for purely opportunistic reasons, others simply to save their skin and one woman who is desperate to save her children. The story doesn't deviate from this plot which makes it extremely tight and tense. One of the best books of occupied France I have read in a long time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Perfumefreak on 15 May 2010
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I first read this story in the Readers' Digest collection of novels circa 1992 - yes, way back when! Anyway, to cut to the chase, this novel left an impression on my psyche for the best part of twenty years. I have been searching for this book, and I read this book again, which reaffirmed why it had left such an impression on me.

Janine Simonian is a Parisian shop girl working in her parents' cafe, who married a Jewish man and had two children with him. The Second World War has broken out, the Germans have come to occupy France, which is how she meets Lieutenant Gunther Mai... Her Jewish husband has been injured in the fighting, and her children were nearly shipped off to a concentration camp, with her mother in law. The only way she could help her loved ones was by becoming a Nazi Collaborator...

When one cuts through the lengthy 'gangster dialogue' between the Resistance characters, one is left with a poignant tale of the lengths a human would go to save their loved ones. A must-read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Lofts on 12 Dec 2013
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I am a big Reginald Hill fan especially Dalziel and Pascoe. However, this novel, a departure from the crime novels and set in France during the second world war, was very enjoyable. I have read many similar novels but this was different and interesting. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By poppasogers on 23 Oct 2013
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France during the second world war, the horrors of your country being occupied by another nation and the start of ethnic cleansing and its effect on families. Well worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Ridge on 27 Sep 2013
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Quality writing. Well plotted and researched. Enjoyed the story line as not predictable and felt I was actually in France in the second World War. Completely engaging.
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