Three Hours in Paris

By Cara Black,

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In June of 1940, when Paris fell to the Nazis, Hitler spent a total of three hours in the City of Light—abruptly leaving, never to return. To this day, no one knows why.

Kate Rees, a young American markswoman, has been recruited by British intelligence to drop into Paris with…

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4 authors picked Three Hours in Paris as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

I’m not normally a thriller reader, but I’ve loved Cara Black’s Aimee Leduc mystery series, so I tried this. Oh, my goodness. You will hold your breath from page one until the climax.

A young woman suffers unbearable loss and then trains as a sharpshooter, sent to Paris with the goal of assassinating Hitler.

Based on the knowledge that Hitler only came to Paris for three hours and left abruptly, Cara fills in the why for us.

From Rhys' list on brave women in WWII.

I loved this book because the Heroine is a woman who is not only handy with a gun, but uses it to attempt to remove the Villain of WWII, in Paris on her own, but finding unique paths, as we all should, to make our way, no matter the doors closed in our path. As a historic book of WWII, our Heroine has lost what she most lives for and the British Intelligence takes advantage of her talents to use her in a ruse, whilst she outperforms even her own expectations.

Ms. Black manages to minute by minute follow our…

The heroine of this novel is an American markswoman from rural Oregon, the state I call home. She is recruited to go to Paris and assassinate Adolf Hitler during the three hours that Hitler spent there in June 1940. Kate Rees is wracked with a vendetta and fierce resolve, and her state of mind made me wonder if this baggage would help or hinder her on her mission. Don’t we all have complicated emotions, and aren’t we often put to tests requiring us to master our passions? This is a riveting read about one woman’s ultimately unsuccessful but courageous mission.

From Maryka's list on intrepid women spies of World War II.

Speaking of World War II, Kate Rees is an expert marksman hired by the British government in 1940 for a very particular mission: to assassinate Hitler during his brief visit to occupied France.

Kate navigates her way out of Paris after the mission fails (no spoiler there!); she’s a creative and sly mouse who won’t let the cat (a German officer on her trail) catch up to her. I felt like I was seeing Paris in a new way as Kate raced through little-known nooks and neighborhoods. A fast-paced and twisty thriller!

From Martha's list on historical kick-ass female leads.

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