James Gault reviews The Girl in the Baker’s Van by Richard Savin
After ‘The Right to Bear Arms’, Richard Savin stays with the events of the Second World War for this fast-moving espionage novel. The work of the British secret service organisation SOE and SIS and their relationship with the French resistance has featured prominently in literature, and this is another fine example. The story weaves its way through occupied and Vichy France as the heroine flees for safety. The tension and intrigue mount as she struggles to avoid the clutches of the SS and to identify friend from foe in a dark world of lies and deceit.
Although the plucky French resistance girl and her suave British spy love interest are stock fare of such stories, the author draws them convincingly and he has a nice line in ‘baddies’ as well.
A well-written and engrossing page turner which recalls the best of the Alastair Maclean
A must for lovers of WW2 spy stories.
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