August, 1944. In German-occupied Paris, former schoolteacher Auguste Duchene has stumbled upon an unusual way to survive: he finds missing people. When he’s approached by members of the French Resistance to locate a missing priest – and a cache of stolen weapons – Duchene initially refuses. But the Resistance offer him no choice. Within hours, he’s also blackmailed by
a powerful Nazi into searching for a German soldier who’s suspected of deserting.
To fail at either task will have deadly consequences for Duchene – and for his daughter Marienne.
So begins a frantic race against time. As forces close in on Paris,
Duchene has only 48 hours to locate the missing priest and soldier, or lose the only person he loves ...
The Paris Collaborator
by A. W. Hammond
On sale 4 May 2021
A.W. Hammond was born in South Africa and emigrated to Australia as a child. He graduated with an Arts/Law degree from the University of Melbourne. He currently works for RMIT University and lives in Melbourne with his wife and two daughters.
The Paris Collaborator is his third novel. He has published two other books under the name Alex Hammond. His debut Blood Witness was shortlisted for the 2014 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel. Its sequel, The Unbroken Line, was described as "a taut and intelligent thriller." Both were optioned as a TV series. Each novel was also selected to be part of the State Library of Victoria's Summer Read by a panel of judges in the year they were released. Alex toured regional Victoria on behalf of the Library as part of these events.
He has presented workshops and spoken about writing at the Emerging Writers Festival, Stonnington Literary Festival, State Library of Victoria, NSW Writers' Centre, Casey Winter Arts Festival, City of Yarra and Melton City Council.
Alex also writes screenplays.
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