(From the dusk jacket description)Henri Magritte was a man possessed by one desire: to find the informer who had betrayed his brother. Robert's death at the hands of the Gestapo had so affected him that he had turned his back on his family and friends in Paris, retreating into bitter cynicism.During the seven years following the war, Henri had drifted aimlessly - until Mar(From the dusk jacket description)Henri Magritte was a man possessed by one desire: to find the informer who had betrayed his brother. Robert's death at the hands of the Gestapo had so affected him that he had turned his back on his family and friends in Paris, retreating into bitter cynicism.During the seven years following the war, Henri had drifted aimlessly - until Marcelle Duvernoy reappeared in his life. She was even more beautiful than when she had been his mistress during the days of the Resistance. Although she was now married to a wealthy American, some of the magic of their love remained.Suddenly Henri's friend Commissaire Genet of the Paris police hit upon evidence pointing to the identity of a ring of wartime collaborators. Feverishly Henri began working side by side with the police, determined to find the man who had been at the core of the conspiracy. Some of the suspects wept under interrogation. Others boasted freely that they had been responsible for the execution of many Resistance agents. But all said they knew the Gestapo contact only as a voice on the telephone - a man known as "Albert." The telephone number? None could remember.Then it happened. Henri remembered a photograph - remembered it almost subconsciously, as one remembers a face form childhood. And Albert was forced to take an irrevocable step....
|Title||:||Catch the Gold Ring|
|Number of Pages||:||223 Pages|
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Catch the Gold Ring Reviews
John Stephen Strange is actually the pseudonym for a lady by the name of Dorothy Stockbridge Tillet, and English author who published 22 mysteries over a nearly fifty year career. Her 19th novel, Catch the Gold Ring, was first published in 1955 under the original title A Handful of Silver. It tells the story of a former French Resistance fighter named Henri and his search for his brother’s betrayer seven years after the liberation of Paris. Being the self-styled WWII buff I am, the plot immediately captured my attention. The story begins with a series of flashbacks detailing Henri’s experience during the war, his family, and life in general under Nazi occupation. During this period there are two defining points in Henri’s life: his brother’s arrest and tortured execution at the hands of the Gestapo, and his love affair with his neighbor Magritte (who eventually leaves him inexplicably). Fast-forward seven years, and Henri still doesn’t know who betrayed his brother to the Gestapo. His Resistance friend Genet, now inspector of the Metropolitan police, has just uncovered a treasure trove of documents recording the identities of dozens of collaborators who spied for the Germans. They make several arrests, and after exhaustive interrogations they learn that every one of them received instructions and made reports to a man over the phone they knew only as “Albert.”The trail goes cold for several weeks as both Genet and Henri follow their own lines of inquiry into the identity of Albert. At the same time, Henri’s old flame, Magritte, reappears along with her rich American husband. She flirts with Henri, tries to seduce him, and then abruptly pulls back. Henri realizes then that he still loves Magritte, and soon both his desire for her and the search for Albert begin to consume him. As the investigation begins to pick up steam, though, it becomes obvious that his brother’s betrayer is someone close to the family, and Henri begins to simultaneously yearn for and dread the coming revelation that will turn his world upside down.To be honest, though, the final revelation ain’t exactly very… revealing. Astute readers out there will find the ending plot twist to be pretty transparent. I figured it out about 1/3 of the way into the book. That isn’t to say, however, that Catch the Gold Ring was a horrible read. It was very well written with deep characterization, an absorbing setting, and an engaging plot. But perhaps the most intriguing facets of the book—to this reader, at least—were the historical details with which Tillett peppered the narrative. It prompted me to do a little research of my own on the French Resistance, the establishment of the French Provisional Government, and period of vigilante justice that took place in between. And when a book prompts me to do even more reading beyond its own two covers, well that one’s a winner to me.http://manoflabook.com/wp/?p=4892