The Resistance by Peter Steiner
A Thriller (Louis Morgon Thrillers)

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“Literate crime thrillers don’t get much better than this.” —Publishers Weekly (starred) on L’Assassin 

Peter Steiner has thoroughly impressed sophisticated thriller mavens everywhere with his critically acclaimed novels featuring ex-CIA operative Louis Morgon. Now, in what is indubitably Steiner’s finest book to date, Louis attempts to solve a mystery with roots going back as far as World War II.


When Louis purchases a rundown house in Saint-Leon-sur-Dême, he quickly goes to work fixing it up. However, during the renovations, he discovers evidence of a long forgotten crime hidden beneath the floorboards. Unable to leave a good mystery unsolved, he enlists the help of his friend Renard, a French cop, and sets out to discover exactly what happened in this small French village during the Nazi occupation. 


As Louis and Renard search for the answer to a decades-old question, they encounter an unforgettable cast of characters, including Simon, a Jew from Berlin who leads a French resistance cell, a Nazi colonel who is not at all what he seems, and Marie Piano, whose bravery is unmatched. Soon, Louis is pulled into the secrets and lies of the past as he begins to call into question the very nature of guilt and innocence in times of war.


Compelling, arresting, and complex, The Resistance is a thriller that will appeal to fans of John le Carre and Graham Greene.


About Peter Steiner

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PETER STEINER is the author of three previous books in this series, Le Crime, L'Assassin, and The Terrorist. A former New Yorker cartoonist, Steiner lives in Connecticut.
Published August 21, 2012 by Minotaur Books. 319 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In the early 1970s, Louis Morgon is sacked from the CIA without warning.

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Publishers Weekly

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Steiner’s suspenseful fourth thriller featuring former CIA spy and State Department operative Louis Morgon (after 2010’s The Terrorist) provides new details on how Morgon came to settle in rural France after Nixon’s secretary of state canned him in 1974.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

In presenting the story of wartime secrets that unravel after many a detour, Steiner captures, in his well developed characters, convincing dialogue and artful descriptions, the malaise of the time and the difficult moral choices all were forced to make.

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Historical Novel Society

We meet Renard’s father, gendarme during the war, two brothers who are recruited into the movement, and a full cast of Nazi officers, Gestapo thugs, collaborators, militia, and French patriots.

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Mysterious Reviews

Intrigued, he sets out to learn more about his find in The Resistance, the fourth mystery in this series by Peter Steiner, but set earlier in time than the previous books.

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