Night Never Falls

Night Never Falls

by Edwin Shrake
     
 

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Harry Sparrow, an American journalist determined to win a Pulitzer, travels to Dien Bien Phu and becomes involved with an ex-Nazi legionnaire and his girlfriend, Claudette Frontenac, in the midst of a confrontation between the French Army and a Communist force.  See more details below

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Harry Sparrow, an American journalist determined to win a Pulitzer, travels to Dien Bien Phu and becomes involved with an ex-Nazi legionnaire and his girlfriend, Claudette Frontenac, in the midst of a confrontation between the French Army and a Communist force.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In 1954, syndicated-columnist Harry Sparrow flies into Dien Bien Phu with a change of clothes, a golf club and his typewriter. Weeks later, as the Communists wrench loose France's hold on Indochina, Harry gets out with typewriter, golf club, a half-dead French nurse named Claudette and expectations for a Pulitzer. In Bangkok, Harry and Claudette marry, even though she's pregnant with the child of a Foreign Legionnaire, a former SS officer, who died in the destruction of Dien Bien Phu. But married life is a tough assignment for Harry, a hard-drinking Hemingwayesque hero, and while he's covering a golf tournament in Scotland, Claudette leaves for Paris to have and raise the baby by herself. News comes that she and the child have been kidnapped in Algiers; Harry flies there to discover the Legionnaire still alive and involved in the Arab fight for Algeria. Struggling to save Claudette and the child, Harry fights his way through layers of intrigue and politics, climaxing in a stunning chase and shoot-out. Shrake, a columnist, screenwriter and novelist (Limo, with Dan Jenkins), spins a powerfully atmospheric, fast-moving tale, making the most of the explosive events of the novel's time and place. (September 29)
Library Journal
Shrake's novel tells the story of ace journalist Harry Sparrow as he pursues 1) the story, 2) the Pulitzer, 3) a good game of golf, 4) the girl. In this case, the girl is French nurse Claudette Frontenac, whom Sparrow meets among the ``angels'' of Dien Bien Phu. Following their nightmare adventures at the doomed fortress and a hasty marriage in Thailand, the Sparrows find domestic tranquility elusive in London. They separate. Then Sparrow learns that Claudette and her baby have been kidnapped by Arab terrorists in Algeria and he rushes to their rescue. Fast-paced action with violence as exotic as its Asian and North African locales should attract male readers particularly. Recommended. William C. McCully, Park Ridge P.L., Ill.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307830180
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/06/2013
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
File size:
3 MB

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