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I Re-read this after having watched the TV version on ...
on 9 April 2017
I Re-read this after having watched the TV version on BBC1. The two versions coincide quite well except at the end. It is a chilling alternative history of what might have been if the Germans had succeeded in invading Britain in the second world war. The behaviour of the occupation forces draws much from the realities of the German occupations of other European countries during the war.
A large part of the story hinges on the rivalries that existed between the SS and the German Army. Against this is set the dilemma faced by British civil servants and in particular, the police. How far should collaboration go? I am a fan of Len Deighton who seems to have a fascination with Germany and its Nazi past. There are themes here that can also be found in his Hook Line and Sinker series and its prequel, Winter.
Worth a read.