Daily Archives: January 10, 2014

The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

The Paris ArchitectReviewed by Teri Davis

During World War II, life in France had to be immensely difficult especially while being occupied by the German troops. Whether waiting in long lines for basic food supplies or the fear of being questioned by the Gestapo. had to make life intense, stressful, and challenging. For many people it was a “no-win” situation. If you assisted the Germans, you were often entitled to more of the everyday goods that were scarce but your neighbors would think of you as a traitor. If you did not help the Germans, you were frequently harassed, sometimes arrested and questioned and had difficulty obtaining the basic necessities that were needed for daily survival.

Given the situation for those unfortunate Jews living in Paris at this time, they were either killed or shipped off to a camp.

What if you knew a Jewish family or helped this family? If the Germans discovered this charity, it usually meant death for both.

Edge: A Novel by Jeffery Deaver

EdgeReviewed by Allen Hott

Edge is where readers are sitting as they read this Jeffery Deaver thriller. A completely different scenario as “Corte” (the only name we know him by) is a shepherd. This is the name given to the government’s caretakers of people who need to be hidden away. Usually they need to be hidden away because they have information pertaining to the government’s case against a particular wrong doer. Shepherds care for the “principal” as he is known or the person with the information that is necessary to make a case against that wrong doer.

The reason for the need of the shepherd is that in many cases the wrong doer finds what is known as a “lifter” who with help tracks down the principal or his family. He then through brutal force convinces the principal not to tell what he knows if and when the government’s case goes to trial. Lifters are paid a handsome reward for doing this handiwork for the bad guys while the shepherd is a government employee who is paid as a government employee.