By Alex Kershaw
The best-selling writer of The Liberator brings to existence the brilliant real tale of an American physician in Paris, and his heroic espionage efforts in the course of international warfare II
The leafy street Foch, essentially the most particular residential streets in Nazi-occupied France, used to be Paris's hotbed of bold spies, murderous mystery police, amoral informers, and Vichy collaborators. So whilst American health care provider Sumner Jackson, who lived along with his spouse and younger son Phillip at quantity eleven, came upon himself drawn into the Liberation community of the French resistance, he knew the stakes have been impossibly excessive. simply down the line at quantity 31 used to be the "mad sadist" Theodor Dannecker, an Eichmann protégé charged with deporting French Jews to focus camps. And quantity eighty four housed the Parisian headquarters of the Gestapo, run through the best undercover agent hunter in Nazi Germany.
From his workplace on the American sanatorium, itself an epicenter of Allied and Axis intrigue, Jackson smuggled fallen Allied fighter pilots correctly out of France, a role advanced by means of the health center director's shut ties to collaborationist Vichy. After witnessing the brutal round-up of his Jewish associates, Jackson invited Liberation to formally function out of his domestic at quantity 11--but the noose quickly started to tighten. whilst his mystery lifestyles used to be came upon by means of his Nazi acquaintances, he and his family members have been compelled to undertake a trip into the darkish middle of the war-torn continent from which there has been little probability of return.
Drawing upon a wealth of basic resource fabric and vast interviews with Phillip Jackson, Alex Kershaw recreates town of sunshine in the course of its darkest days. The untold tale of the Jackson relatives anchors the suspenseful narrative, and Kershaw dazzles readers with the bright immediacy of the easiest undercover agent thrillers. Awash with the demanding surroundings of global warfare II's Europe, Avenue of Spies introduces us to the courageous general practitioner who risked every little thing to defy Hitler.
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A woman wearing an outfit made entirely of pink and green terry cloth pulled her cart up beside me and started leafing through the cards. She was about my mother’s age, maybe a few years older, and she smelled vaguely of cigarettes and a floral perfume that immediately made my head hurt. When you’re in a hot zone and aren’t sure of local custom, it’s wise to capture and interrogate someone who will give you the information you need to survive. Better to deal with certainty than to be the victim of assumed intel.
I. Friday’s surrounded by men in Dockers or expressing your emotions through the mystery of Hallmark. When you’re no longer a spy, however, you learn pretty quickly that there’s no card that says, Sorry I missed the last dozen Mother’s Days. I was busy doing black ops. And yet there I was, in the middle of Target in midtown Miami, staring at row after row of greeting cards, trying to find one that might justifiably say that very thing. My ex-girlfriend/former IRA operative/current business associate/confusing-person-of-romantic-interest Fiona Glenanne handed me a card.
Friday’s surrounded by men in Dockers or expressing your emotions through the mystery of Hallmark. When you’re no longer a spy, however, you learn pretty quickly that there’s no card that says, Sorry I missed the last dozen Mother’s Days. I was busy doing black ops. And yet there I was, in the middle of Target in midtown Miami, staring at row after row of greeting cards, trying to find one that might justifiably say that very thing. My ex-girlfriend/former IRA operative/current business associate/confusing-person-of-romantic-interest Fiona Glenanne handed me a card.