Romantic suspense amid the chaos of a world at war. The year is 1940. As England braces for invasion and the German army overruns Europe, two American sisters in Paris risk their lives to save a downed British airman from Nazi arrest. Linda Rossiter and Eleanor Masson soon realize the price they may pay when they read this ominous public notice: "All persons harbouring English soldiers must deliver same to the nearest Kommandantur not later than 20 October 1940. Those persons who continue to harbour Englishmen after this date without having notified the authorities will be shot." On Christmas Eve, the Gestapo sets a trap, and death is only a step behind the two American women. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Originally published in an abridged version 30 years ago, this reissue in the Carolyn Hart classics series trades the author's usual South Carolina Lowcountry setting for 1940 Nazi-occupied France. At a hospital for wounded Allied prisoners outside Paris, American Linda Rossiter impulsively allows an English pilot to stow away in the trunk of her car to avoid being sent to a German P.O.W. camp. Later, Linda and her older sister, Eleanor Masson, whose French husband has been missing since the Battle of Dunkirk, become a crucial part of a network that helps British flyers escape to Spain. Hart (Dead, White, and Blue), the winner of multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards, does a good job describing the hardship and tension involved in not knowing who can be trusted, wondering whether an accomplice might be caught, and worrying about whether there will be sufficient food and money to continue the mission.