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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (258 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brian Moore Narrator: Andrew Sachs Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2003 ISBN:
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Pierre Brossard is on the run. Sentenced to death in absentia for heinous war crimes, he has been covertly sheltered for over forty years by the French government and the Catholic Church. But now his existence threatens those who once protected him, and they are demanding a reckoning. Brossard keeps moving like a fox through the underground, turning the tables on those who would deliver a death sentence to him. Post World War II political scars are exposed for all to see in this compelling thriller based on the true story of Paul Touvier. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ☮Karen | 2/13/2014

    " This was as good as my husband said it would be; now I want to see the movie. Trying to picture Michael Caine as a French Nazi who is still on the run from authorities and again a wanted man for crimes against humanity commited during WWII. The Catholic Church has given him shelter all these years and has kept him safe from discovery. A pretty quick, enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheryl | 2/12/2014

    " This was good but depressing. I'm not sure if there were any "good guys" in this book at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessie | 1/30/2014

    " A war criminal sheltered in part by the Church is hunted by the French. Delves into the complex motivations of the French affected by WWII and their sympathies. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lambert | 1/25/2014

    " Well written and interesting. I don't understand how some reviews describe it as having unexpected twists. The only truly amazing thing that occurs is that the otherwise astute and cunning Brossard doesn't figure out that it is the Commissaire who is betraying him. It is obvious from very early in the novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 1/20/2014

    " I am always surprised by Brian Moore's books. I go along for a few pages thinking I don't like them and I'm wasting my time. Then POW! everything changes. I'm engrossed and overwhelmed by developments that were lurking below the surface and suddenly came forward with the nonchalance that they were there all along. The Great Victorian Collection and Catholics were my first reads by him and were certainly that way. The Statement is a little more of a mainstream disillusioned spy story, but still meets up to the illusionist's usual subterfuge. I haven't read Moore in years, but now I am wondering why. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chum | 1/19/2014

    " Very tightly and concisely written and fast-paced literary thriller about a 70-year-old man tried for WWII war crimes in France and his race to remain hidden. Recommended for those times you want to read a challenging book that is hard to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Alice | 1/15/2014

    " Thriller. Nazi hunting in France , allegedly patterned after a real case. A close look at the hunted and how he thinks: how he justifies who he is. A not-so-flattering glimpse of the French police department and the Catholic Church. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamara | 12/7/2013

    " I wish this was a nonfiction book--that would make it even better. As it is, I really enjoyed the story. I'm sure these things did happen in some form or other. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 12/5/2013

    " An unusual sort of detective story. If you're into detective mysteries, I recommend this one as a change-of-pace from the standard procedural. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cateline | 11/21/2013

    " Well written, but a bit of old hat, or maybe I've just read too many war criminal on the run, helped by you fill in the blank. There were a few twists and turns to the story, and I have to give it at least three stars for that. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristi Jones | 8/25/2013

    " Decent premise, but cardboard characters and a whimpering plot made this a dud. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gillian | 4/2/2013

    " A good mystery/thriller - quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miri | 2/18/2013

    " Pretty interesting story, and it was enjoyable to listen to, but it never really hooked me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daryl | 1/15/2013

    " Taut, finely-drawn tale of a WWII Nazi collaborator on the run in 1980's France. Little 'sympathy for the devil' here, but plenty of suspense; a good read by an accomplished author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darren | 1/14/2013

    " Former French war leader is wanted for war crimes in his later years. The story revolves around why now and who and adds more background as it goes. Decent if a little short. Must say the character development was very interesting and kept you guessing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie Lynn | 10/20/2012

    " It was just a book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glory Hill | 10/19/2011

    " I am making myself read the books I have collected over the past year. So, this is a good book if you can read/and or speak French or German; which I don't. I'm glad I pushed through it, its a "Disturbing insight into the world of war crimes against humanity" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nate | 9/18/2011

    " Unexceptional, a bit plodding, with the usual numbers of unbelievable things that happen and undermine the plot. Great setting and examination of the Catholic fondness of fascism, with a too little, too late twist at the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James | 8/24/2011

    " Plot and setting to my liking. Felt like I should have liked the book more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheryl | 3/1/2011

    " This was good but depressing. I'm not sure if there were any "good guys" in this book at all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tamara Bennett | 3/1/2011

    " slow, but an interesting plot. couldn't always keep track of who was who. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gillian | 2/20/2011

    " A good mystery/thriller - quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nate | 1/18/2011

    " Unexceptional, a bit plodding, with the usual numbers of unbelievable things that happen and undermine the plot. Great setting and examination of the Catholic fondness of fascism, with a too little, too late twist at the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miri | 11/5/2010

    " Pretty interesting story, and it was enjoyable to listen to, but it never really hooked me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tamara | 7/20/2010

    " slow, but an interesting plot. couldn't always keep track of who was who. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 5/15/2010

    " An unusual sort of detective story. If you're into detective mysteries, I recommend this one as a change-of-pace from the standard procedural. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daddio | 2/12/2010

    " a gripper
    post war France, 1980's, war criminals hiding in plain site
    Catholic "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lew | 7/1/2009

    " A powerful indictment of the Church during and after WWII. One of Brian Moore's best. I was fortunate to hear him read the first chapter at the 92nd St Y in NYC many years ago. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristi | 2/1/2008

    " Decent premise, but cardboard characters and a whimpering plot made this a dud. "

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About the Narrator

Andrew Sachs may be best known as Manuel from the BBC show Fawlty Towers, starring John Cleese. His recent roles include guest appearances on Silent Witness, Doctors, and Holby City.