I found the book gripping from beginning to end, with great descriptions of France and a clear love for the country. It was an easy and enjoyable read. I like the way the characters periodically summarised where we were as a natural part of the plot but at no stage did I have any difficulty following who was who. I was fascinated that the book had parallels with so many of the political scandals I had read about in the news about French political life over the years including the suicide of Robert Boulin 35 years ago. I fully expected a parallel would emerge out of the text to Strauss-Kahn, the ex IMF chief who almost became the current French President but for the antics in New York, but I guess what I currently read in the press is too recent about him being accused in relation to orgies and prostitution. It gives background however and an education on the France that you do not see as a tourist, on a business visit or as an expat but is indicated by some of the scandals.
I found it a terrific read with a pace that kept up right to the end. The book seems to operate on several levels simultaneously. Firstly there's a straight thriller in which clues about what is going on are revealed to the reader bit by bit and the tension is built up very cleverly as the plot unfolds. Then at another level, the deviousness and corruption of the political class in France as portrayed in the book begin to sound more than a little familiar in their parallels with recent news. So you suspect that the author is also telling you something about the real France, not just a fictional France. This growing suspicion was reinforced for me by the realisation that the author, to write as he has, must be a keen and knowledgeable observer of France, of its history, and of its politicians and its politics, both nationally and internationally. So you get much more than just a brilliant thriller. You get a glimpse, perhaps, of what the real, unseen world is behind the mask, and a glimpse of what can or could actually happen. Highly recommended!
I enjoyed Paris Night enormously. The atmosphere of France is drawn skillfully and the tale of intrigue in high places is gripping and never loses pace. What I have found particularly fascinating, and a little spooky, is that so many events in the twists and turns of the plot have come to light as having actually occurred - and are still doing so. How did the author know? And what more is going to be revealed?
Roderick d’Entrac has written a page-turner that exposes deep rifts in a French state facing international terrorism with a pen as fluid as Martin Cruz Smith and Ian Fleming and an ear close to current Gallic intrigues. His tale of leggy women, efficient nuns, ruthless killers and a hint of wartime resistance is eye-opening as well as cliff-hanging as it races with assured ease to an unpredictable end. A must read.
This is a cracking thriller with a mission - to delve deep into the sordid undergrowth of the French state. It brings to life the constant series of Parisian scandals one always seems to be reading about, but without fully understanding what lies them. Read this book and not only do you get a rip-roaring page turner, you begin understand how one of Europe's great nations has been corrupted.