Munich book review: Master storyteller but not a master of suspense – Express.co.uk
Harris brilliantly evokes a sense of place. He clearly has an intimate knowledge of the geography of Number 10 Downing Street and there are vivid descriptions of the increasingly agitated discussions in the run-up to the main event.
At one Cabinet meeting: â€œMost were smoking. One of the big sash windows overlooking the garden had been opened in an attempt to disperse the fug of cigars and pipes and cigarettes.â€
Since Hitler viewed smoking as â€œdecadentâ€, there is no question of a similar atmosphere pervading when the story moves to Munich, where all parties gather for negotiations in the marble halls of the FÃ¼hrerbau.
Harris has been described as â€œa literary Alfred Hitchcockâ€ and the quality of writing is uniformly high.
When the secretaries have gone home, their typewriters are â€œshrouded for the night like the cages of sleeping birdsâ€ and one member of Chamberlainâ€™s entourage is described as having â€œa curious, tight-lipped way of speaking, as if he were practising to be a ventriloquistâ€.Â
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