Paris in the Dark (Christopher Marlowe Cobb Series #4)

Paris in the Dark (Christopher Marlowe Cobb Series #4)

by Robert Olen Butler


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Paris in the Dark 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
brf1948 More than 1 year ago
Robert Olen Butler brings us a riveting peek into Paris in the autumn of 1915. Kit Cobb is an American of German extraction, learning German and French from his actress mother as a child. Kit is a war correspondent for several US publications as World War I slowly grinds through Europe - when he isn't working as an undercover spy. We see Paris and the French through his eyes, and America through theirs. Paris in the Dark is peopled with a good mix of personalities and an intriguing story line. The historical facts are true to history and Paris is defined beautifully. It is a historical novel I feel comfortable recommending to family and friends, and encourage them to read it even if historical fiction isn't a first choice. Paris in the Dark is the fourth in a series featuring Christopher Marlowe Cobb, but is completely stand alone. I received a free electronic copy of this historical novel from Netgalley, Robert Olen Butler, and Mysterious Press, Grove Atlantic in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me.
JeanK More than 1 year ago
Christopher Marlowe Cobb (Kit) returns in Robert Olen Butler’s latest WWI novel. As a reporter, Kit is in Paris to write about the American volunteer ambulance drivers. This occupation also allows him to carry out assignments for American intelligence. As the German army advances into France, the French Secret Service believes that a saboteur has entered the city, hiding among the German refugees. There has been a series of bombings that they fear will erode the morale of the people and Kit is asked to use his language skills and ability to blend in to find him. As Kit tracks their suspect, he discovers that the answers may lie elsewhere. While working on his assignment for the French, he still has an obligation to his publisher and takes the time to meet with the young men who have come to Paris prior to America’s involvement in the war to offer their services. Introduced by Nurse Pickering to these young men, he finds a diverse group that includes a Harvard man from Boston and a farmer from Illinois. From the cafes of Paris to the forward aid stations, Butler provides an atmospheric read, building the tension to the final chase through the sewers of Paris. This is historical fiction at its’ finest. I would like to thank Grove Atlantic Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity to enjoy this book and give my honest opinion.