PARIS NIGHT has many layers
First it is a gripping thriller of continuous suspense and action, built on conspiracy, corruption, terrorism and sex: it is a novel of insights and foreboding.
A terrorist conspiracy by The Hand of God;
of corruption by power, money and sex;
of morality and redemption
A secret agent, fleeing her pursuers in New York, reveals as she dies that a devastating terrorist attack against the West is in preparation. Another agent, being burnt alive in the desert, leaves another clue. A captured Iranian terrorist reveals further information under torture by Moroccan intelligence services. This revelation indicates that the attack will be launched by a “sleeping” cell in France, at any moment, when an opportunity arises.
These biblical warnings rapidly twist separate lives and sub plots, the tragedies of two families and the forces of evil, into a thriller of betrayal, sex, love and murder in the heat of a long summer. The main characters are clothed in revenge, shame or the abuse of power in the underskirts of France.
In Paris, an ageing president is fighting for his political life, and fighting to contain a new scandal which could revive old skeletons, as the shadows of darkness reach towards the city. The climate of vendetta at court deepens rivalries within the government and security services. Many fear that their secret crimes may be exposed, some prepare to use their secret files for revenge; all worry in secret for their careers and work to be on the winning side.
In the heat of a long summer and in the hills of Provence, a young woman at the head of a foreign strike force hires her main hit man and prepares the attack which, whenever it strikes and whatever the target, is calculated to do vastly more damage to the foundations of the West than the destruction of the Twin Towers.
The book begins with hate and revenge, turns on manhunts and murderous rivalry between security forces, and ends with love and redemption.
The pages are filled with the sights, sounds, scents and smells of a French summer: boulevards, grand hotels and throbbing bistros in Paris, ancient villages, vineyards, olive groves, luxury yachts and torrid days in the South.
The novel leads readers into dark places in the underskirts of power, into a culture of scandals, cronyism and faction-fighting, into the crisis over “affaires”. The book also investigates contradictions and even duplicity in years of policy towards the Middle East and the United States and especially regarding the nuclear threat posed by Iran which is a matter of vital national interest for France.
At a deeper level, Paris Night is a comment on how corruption and cynicism eventually subvert institutions of the state, and how blackmail and threats can put the citizen in a dilemma between fear and conscience: submit, resist or fight to expose and change.
The story has six main strands and eleven significant characters. France, the country, and a nebulous entity called FIBOC play central roles. They begin life separately but are soon entangled in a knot of corruption, betrayal, sex and murder.