cover image Night Flight to Paris

Night Flight to Paris

David Gilman. Head of Zeus (IPG, dist.), $15.95 trade paper (496p) ISBN 978-1-78854-492-4

Mathematics lecturer Harry Mitchell, the hero of this tense spy thriller set in 1943 from Gilman (The Last Horseman), escaped from Paris before WWII, but his French wife, Suzanne Colbert, and their grown daughter, Danielle, were left behind. When a British Intelligence officer tells Mitchell, a member of the British code-breaking team at Bletchley Park, that the Nazis executed Suzanne for refusing to provide information about the French Resistance and are holding Danielle in a Paris prison, he agrees to become a field agent and undertake a mission to Paris to locate an anti-Nazi German scientist and get him back to England. He also hopes to rescue Danielle. The venture gets off to a perilous start when an enemy fighter shoots up the plane transporting Mitchell across the Channel. Mitchell parachutes to safety and later links up with members of the Resistance, aware of suspicions by his bosses that a mole has undermined the organization. Though Gilman doesn’t break any new ground, his close attention to detail makes suspension of disbelief easy. Joseph Kanon fans will be pleased. Agent: Isobel Dixon, Blake Friedmann Agency. (Jan.)