The Statement Paperback – 7 Nov 2011
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'Once you have opened its first page you won't be able to stop reading. A superbly plotted story with a brilliant twist' (A.N. Wilson)
'A thriller with a difference. The plot is as taught as the prose is tight - both qualities reminiscent of Graham Greene' (Sunday Express)
'A thriller in which crises of conscience are as tense as the escalating manhunt' (Guardian)
'The Statement blends conscience and guilt with fast-moving storytelling. Brian Moore is a man of profound human insight as well as a master storyteller ... the most subtle, most readable, least pushy of guides' (Sunday Telegraph)
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As so often with Moore, the novel has the pace of a thriller, but the serious questions it raises are very genuine ones about responsibility and judgement. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
A far better writer than most Booker winners.
Now, accused of crimes against humanity, he is on the run, this time not knowing who it is who hunts him. A multitude of brotherhoods, many of them secret, are revealed in all their nefarious dealings as they seek to restore the glorious heritage they believe to be at the very heart of French civilization. Conservative priests, supporters of Pope Pius XII's position during the war, schismatic groups, political organizations opposed to the chauvinism of DeGaulle, police who have crimes of their own to hide, and politicians whose own pasts are far from innocent all have an interest in Brossard's life--or death. Additionally, Jewish groups, who feel that justice has not been done, seek retribution.
The suspense here is palpable as various groups seek Brossard for their own ends, and the story is full of action, betrayal, and additional murders.Read more ›
When the war ended Brossard went ‘on the run’ and was hidden & protected by senior figures in the Roman Catholic Church in France for 40 years.
Now his past is catching up with him and Jewish assassins along with the authorities are close to tracking him down. As the ‘net closes in’ church figures are no longer prepared to keep him hidden.
A good thriller which takes a different approach to other novels written about WW2.
Ostensibly it's the story of a septuagenarian Frenchman, Pierre Brossard, still on the run 40 years after committing war time atrocities and now actively being targeted for assassination. It reads like a cross between Day of the Jackal and a well composed travelogue with hints of Rick Stein. Add in various plot twists and turns and this is one hell of a good read.
But it is so much more than that, as it skewers the right wing elements of the French church and state’s amnesia, rank hyprocrisy and ongoing complicity at the highest levels, in protecting those involved in the Vichy collaboration. This has the added punch of being based based very closely on the lives of collaborator Paul Touvier and Minister Maurice Papan.
Where it excels though is the well crafted prose that successfully manages first and third person narratives across multiple chapters, something Hillary Mantel’s Wolf Hall could have taken some lessons in. He also captures the inner turmoil of Brossard as he vascillates and agonises between genuine contrition for his deeds and yet still murders and robs. But this is dealt with snappily and flowingly unlike the sometimes dull worthy angst typical in Graham Greene’s work.
I can’t recommend it enough and look forward to checking out some of his other works.
Pierre Brossard is the original, but not the only name of a politically right-wing Frenchman who worked with a wartime fascist militia in Vichy France. As part of his duties he was responsible for assisting the transport of Jews to Nazi concentration camps and at least once he organised killings, in particular a massacre of fourteen individuals. He was later tried and convicted, though years later a Presidential pardon meant that he was no longer a wanted man. Still one the run, however, he was convicted of a crime against humanity via a judgment and indeed a jurisdiction that not everyone in France either respected or recognised.
Pierre Brossard's rediscovery of his Roman Catholic faith provided him with something more than solace. Through confession he could secure effective pardon, both within his own and also his sympathisers' minds, where forgiveness was not needed. But also he secured effective support within the minds of sincere devotees of the faith, who often declared themselves more interested in a believer's soul than any debt to history or even the human race.
So, on the run for years, Brossard found haven in a series of religious houses where, in effect, he could come and go incognito, almost as he wished. Meanwhile cheques supplying his financial needs arrived regularly from both known and unknown donors, some connected to societies within the Church, societies that also sympathise with a more traditional form of the faith than that emanating from Rome.Read more ›
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Was justice served? Who is in the wrong? The church, murderers, police, haters... Justice?? Several twists and turns... Kept my interest to the end.Published 8 months ago by Ruth
Excellent storyline which held you in suspense to the very last page
Characters well described and believable with each one a potential storyline of their own
Really enjoyed the pace of this book --interesting subject matter --which had me hooked . I just couldn't put it downPublished on 12 Jan. 2014 by Elaine Lee
A fascinating book based on a true story. It was difficult to put the book down once I had started reading it. I would thoroughly recommend "The Statement".Published on 9 Dec. 2013 by Jonny
An excellent book, literally gripping, because I could not put it down and because I felt the noose tightening all the time. Read morePublished on 30 Sept. 2012 by Adriana
A great writer, with a subject that in less sensitive hands would have become a more straight-forward "good against bad" story.Published on 21 Oct. 2010 by Tom