Taken prisoner during World War II, artist Richard Temple reviews his life in order to survive the interrogation and beating from his captors. The son of a church rector, Richard managed to escape his blighted childhood with his widowed mother - a woman sinking into drunkenness and promiscuity. His artistic gift is the one thing of value that he has to his name, but his life as a painter in 1930s London is cruelly depraved. He is temporarily rescued by the love of a beautiful, wealthy woman...but the failure of this relationship, and the outbreak of war, propelled him into the world of espionage and his current predicament at the hands of the Germans.More
"A rich examination of British and French culture on the eve of war." (Library Journal)
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