A coming-of-age novel that moves from genteel British society to the grim underworld of Paris before the war.
At the age of twenty-three, Charlie Mason is endowed with good looks, good manners and a cheerful disposition. Following three years at Cambridge and one working in his father's business, he is looking forward to a jaunt in Paris with one of his oldest friends. Yet Paris is not what he expects - in just a few days his young eyes are opened to the tragedies and ugly dramas of its underworld.
Contrasts the complacency of prewar Britain with the nastiness of what was brewing on the Continent. It remains effortlessly readable