LONG SHADOWS by Laurence Snelling


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The shadows, extending 30 years backward, is the second novel here to re-fuse interest in WW II via some actual characters and events of that time (see Wiseman below). Snelling, not as accomplished a writer as Wiseman, uses much more fiction than fact and also pays commercial obeisance via a certain amount of sex. A memoir, by Christian von Danesse, a survivor of the July 20, 1944 attempt to assassinate Hitler, is turned over to an AmeriCan screenwriter, Phil, in the hope that he can have it published in the US. Phil is very guiltily returned to his own war experience which he shares with von Danesse as does another German, still alive, Franz Hagen. This was an unfortunate episode known as ""Operation Keelhaul""; defying the Geneva Convention, Russian POWs and exiles were sent back to their death. Hagen had been the ""impresario of the affair"" and Phil had killed one of the Russians by hand. Thus the three men are affiliated in the tripartite stalk and life-for-a-life reprisal to follow. . . . If you overlook the prose (""celebritous"" it's not), the story--with its more than usual rate of interest deferred--moves right along.

Pub Date: May 24th, 1976
Publisher: Norton