Saturday, October 01, 2005

Deighton, Len. SS-GB. London: Grafton, 1987. 402pp.

One of the classics of the alternate history genre, one that I've obviously only just now gotten around to reading. Sometimes the old classics don't hold up so well and sometimes they do. How did Deighton fare? Pretty good actually, for a mainstream author dabbling in sf. This is basically a spy/detective novel set in a London newly occupied by the Nazis. Our protagonist, the homicide cop, is trying to solve a murder that suddenly everyone seems interested in, getting him involved with both the SS and the resistence at the same time. It drags a bit in the middle, but over all a solid alternate history that really shows that the author spent a lot of time working out the implications of a Nazi-occupied Britain.


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