The Collaborators - Reginald HillHarperCollins, 1987, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges. Pages lightly age-tanned.
From the cover: “In June 1940, German troops march into Paris. The Occupation presents France with a terrible choice that will still divide her long after the Liberation. Janine Simonian’s husband is missing. Günter Mai, German intelligence officer, says he can bring him back — if she will collaborate. Michel Boucher is a petty crook, but he’s willing to join his country’s leaders in their struggle against the enemy — except that they are all collaborating. Maurice Melchior is Jewish, gay, and incapable of going unnoticed. His future looks short and painful — unless he collaborates. Fear, profit, love, power, belief, blackmail, persuasion — the path of collaboration has many starting points. But to those who stay pure in their hatred of the enemy, it can have only one end -death. Jean-Paul Simonian, rescued by his wife’s sacrifice, believes this. Only those who made the right choices at the right times will deserve to live in a liberated France. But choice in face of terror is no simple thing, and loyalty and betrayal are more complex notions than at first they may appear. Even Günter Mai, whose job it is to turn confusion into collaboration, finds his motives blurring as human values outweigh duty to his country.”