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Turncoat

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  132 ratings  ·  14 reviews
It begins with the appearance of a stranger at his door -- an unwelcome visitor ranting madly about money, death, and forgiveness; a man known all too well to Pete's distraught wife, Lily: her father. The next day the man is dead -- and Lily disappears, leaving a note behind begging Pete not to follow. Now, with a business card from an antiques dealer in Barcelona as his o ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 29th 2003 by HarperTorch (first published 2002)
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Eva
Nearly twenty years after WWII ended, history professor Pete Simon discovers his distraught wife yelling at a stranger on their doorstep. Only the stranger is Lily Simon's father, who according to her had been shot and killed by the Nazis in France. When her father is beaten to death and his wife disappears, Pete slowly takes a long journey to discover the truth. It takes him to Spain to find his father-in-law's business partner, to France to learn about collaboration and long-held grudges, and ...more
james
This story starts in 1963 Brooklyn, when a mild-mannered history professor answers a knock on his door. It's an old man ranting & yelling in barely understandable English. The professor's French-born wife tells the old man to leave and pushes him away and slams the door. The next day the police arrive and tell the prof & wife that the old guy is dead, having been murdered. The old man is the father of the wife and the story leads back to France, where the past suddenly becomes alive. It ...more
Gail
Dec 28, 2013 Gail added it
Shelves: kindle, mysteries
This is not one of Elkins usual books. It is a stand-alone rather than one of his series.
Pete and Lily have had a good marriage ever since they met shortly after WWII, nearly 20 years ago. This all changes when Lily's father, whom Pete thought was dead, shows up at their doorstep and is later murdered. After Lily leaves him, Pete begins his search to find out his wife's real past in France during WWII. This, of course leads to more murder and adventures.
Like other of Elkins' books, this is more
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Bailey Olfert
I don't read many mysteries, but this mystery-lite is a good match for me. The writing is good, keeping me hooked, weaving in bits of history without getting dull. The characters are likeable, and largely believable.
Nancy
I enjoy Elkins's Chris Norgren novels and his Oliver Giddens novels. I also like the golf-themed novels he co-authored with his wife. Turncoat was an entirely different matter!

The publishing date on the book is 2006, but I wonder if this book wasn't an early manuscript that lay around in a drawer for 45 years.

The first 3/4 of the book were interesting, but the final third was melodramatic, silly and predictable. I finished the book, but it was a struggle.
Marilou
I love Aaron Elkins. His writing is so descriptive but not dry or boring. Not a lot of external action, just enough, but a good amount of inner dialogue from the main character. He's an easy read, very informative and instructive but his characters are charming and believable. Just an enjoyable read I could not put down...recommended to WWII fans, French Resistance fans, Nazi vs Allie...
Ruthanne
Another Nazi story. I think I liked Loot better, although Loot was gorier - more people beat up in that one if I have my stories straight...
L.
Not one of the series titles, this one is about the impact of World War II on the French, and takes place in the mid-1960s. Pretty good mystery.
Carrie
Not a superlative example of the suspense/thriller genre. However, very interesting stuff on French collaboration during WW2.
Jandblock
Very good story set in the '60's with flashbacks to WWII in France. Liked it a lot, like the author.
Scott
Good story that I enjoyed listening to while driving to work.
Beth
This was okay, but I prefer the "skeleton detective" series.
Gary Barrentine
An interesting piece about the years in France after WWII.
Betty
Nov 09, 2008 Betty marked it as to-read
Not a Gideon Oliver or Chris Norgren series book
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