Oliver Carmichael loves his life in Paris in 1940, playing in a jazz band at a night club, and enjoying the freedom and intellectual stimulation of his bohemian set of friends. His happiness is tempered by unresolved feelings for his ex-fiancée, Lisette, especially after he sees her with another man in his club.
His carefree lifestyle is further disrupted when the Germans march into Paris, and several of his friends join the resistance. When an Information Officer from the American Embassy, Frank Dryden, asks Oliver to keep tabs on his friends’ resistance activities, Oliver is torn. What is the best way to help his friends? What is the right thing to do?
Set in German-occupied Paris during World War II, Gray Paree is about an American expat’s struggle to reconcile with the love of his life, help his French friends resist tyranny, and do what is right.
Gray Paree is connected to my novel The Swiss Conspiracy by a shared character.
The Swiss Conspiracy
Someone is killing Swiss colonels, and painting a hammer and sickle at the scene. When Dr. Fritz Rubenstein, a physicist in Zurich, is gunned down in his office, the only clue is a letter in his trash can requesting assistance for the French Resistance. The U.S. government suspects a deeper plot, and Martin Schuller is sent to Switzerland to go undercover and find out.
As World War II rages all around, Switzerland is an island of serenity. Delving beneath the serene appearance of Swiss society, Martin finds a secretive world of right-wing organizations, idealistic student activists, banks full of Nazi gold, and competing foreign agents. Switzerland in the fall of 1941 is not what it appears. With the help of Franz Lemiel, a world-wise artist and activist, and Jason Bachman, an eager young American diplomat, Martin discovers a conspiracy to bring down the entire Swiss government in one dramatic event. Can he stop the conspirators from carrying out their attack, and changing the entire course of the war?