For a German shot down over England during the blitz you’d think he’d be sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. Unless, this individual is not only a major but with the Wehrmacht, not the Luftwaffe. Then, as is learned quickly he’s familiar with the area he parachuted into. Before the war he’d attended university nearby. All this makes the Brits think and treat him as a spy.
J. Gunner Grey has weaved a perfect story fraught with intrigue, mystery and suspense. Then add a touch of romance, not that either party would admit it, and you’ve got a story guaranteed to keep you glued to your eReader.
As you follow Faust, the German major, through the mansion Gunner puts you in his steps. You clearly see his new world through his eyes. The colors and textures of the walls and furniture. She has a way of painting a picture for you so vivid you’d think you were actually there.
Then add the dialogue. The British officers sounding like British officers. Soldiers speak as they would depending on their educational level and rank. Even the commanding officer of the post, Stoner, a retired professor reactivated for the war, sounds just like you’d imagine a stuffy professor of the time would.
Effortlessly Gunner interjects common British words and phrases, to the point you think the book might have been written sixty to seventy years ago. Before any Americanization of the British language.
As you watch Stoner interrogates Faust the subtleness used draws you, the reader, deeper into the developing relationship between the two. Only to see the rapport destroyed when first one body then another is found. The victims and how they die immediately will start you reviewing, pondering and analyzing all the characters you’ve met. Could they have been killed by someone from the mansion? A soldier or civilian. Or, could the murderer be someone from the village, as yet unmet?
Another question you have to ask, will Stoner break Faust and get him to confess? To being a spy or just at the wrong place at the wrong time. And how will Clarke’s involvement play out in the end.
So many questions to answer. So many questions to ask. But, folks we’ll have to wait until this summer to find out all the answers when Part 2 is released.
I’m giving Deal With The Devil 4 out of 5 collies only because I have to wait for the conclusion.