At the age of twenty-three, Charlie Mason is endowed with good looks, good manners and a cheerful disposition. Following three years at Cambridge and one working in his father's business, he is looking forward to a jaunt in Paris with Simon, his oldest friend. Yet Paris is not what he expects : in just a few days his young eyes are opened to the tragedies and ugly dramas of its underworld.
“Contrasts the complacency of prewar Britain with the nastiness of what was brewing on the Continent. It remains effortlessly readable” (The Times)
“Brilliant” (New York Times)
“One reads it with a feeling of increasing respect for his mastery of the trade. One has the same delight as in watching a first-class cabinet-maker cutting dovetails” (Evelyn Waugh)
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