By the author of the autobiographical Waiting In the Night and Horned Pigeon, this is a first novel which carries a considerably lower emotional and dramatic quotient than did his previous books -- even though fictional. It is the story of a valley, near Berchtesgaden, at the end of the war, as the Americans take over and are feared by most, resented by a few of the diehard Nazis who continue their guerilla warfare. As told by a Frenchman, once a prisoner, now a servant to a widow, this is primarily the story of Willy Wiedemeyer, amoral and opportunistic, once high in the Hitler hierarchy and now ingratiatingly inching himself in with the Americans. Capitalizing on his knowledge of the intimacies of Hitler's life, Willy reveals these in return for security for his family, but is eventually taken prisoner -- and killed - for his betrayal of the Fuhrer.... Slow, somewhat unsympathetic reading -- for a popular market.