The Man Who Loved the Normandie - Justin ScottLondon, Toronto, Sydney & New York: Granada, 1982, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Maps ; Cutaways;
From the cover: “By the bestselling author of The Shipkiller, an exciting and tantalizing novel of love and espionage in the Second World War.
Fact: there was a dreadful fire aboard the gloriously elegant liner the Normandie while it was being converted to become a troopship in New York harbour.
Fiction: suppose a devious Nazi saboteur was not only responsible for the ship’s capsizing, but also dreamed up an even more devastating plot to turn the course of the war?
Naval architect Steven Gates — the man who loves the Normandie — determines to raise the ship, and, with her, the hopes of a desperate Europe.
But against him is pitted the Otter, no less determined; the stakes-and his next target-are unbelievably high.
Gates probes the treacherous labyrinth of the Normandie’s sunken hull, marvelling at her ingenious construction. Then suddenly, and almost too late, he discerns the Otter’s plan for a still greater disaster that leaves Gates cruelly vulnerable — and nearly costs him the love of the only woman who can save him.
Justin Scott’s respect for and knowledge of the sea, so skilfully used in The Shipkiller, is even more remarkably apparent in this brilliant and tense novel.”