By Ken Follett
The global phenomenon from the writer of fringe of Eternity.
His code identify was once "The Needle." He used to be a German aristocrat of amazing intelligence—a grasp undercover agent with a legacy of violence in his blood, and the item of the main determined manhunt in history....
But his destiny lay within the arms of a tender and weak English lady, whose loyalty, if swayed, might guarantee his freedom—and win the struggle for the Nazis....
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31 Yet in some ways immigrants from the Valle d’Aosta differed from those who came from elsewhere in Italy. History and geography conspired to create a mixed identity for the Valdôtains because their valley was one of the main routes through the Alps linking France with Italy. 32 It did not help that many Valdôtains spoke French at least as well as they spoke Italian, albeit with a distinct accent. In fact, there were three main languages in the Valle: French, Italian, and a local dialect, Franco-Provençal, which was a synthesis of French and the southern French language of Provençal.
Several hypotheses emerged among the police and in various French newspapers, which covered closely the sensational murder and its aftermath. One, mentioned above, was that the killer did the deed in the Porte de Charenton station. Another was that he killed Toureaux during the ride and then L e C r ime d u Mé tr o â•‡ / â•‡ 29 slipped through the doors separating the first- from the second-class car. The problem with this hypothesis, however, is that the doors between the cars were kept secured; and in fact an anonymous letter to the police from one of the second-class passengers on the train when Laetitia Toureaux was killed affirmed that the doors between his car and first class had indeed been locked.
They had sipped on Pernods and listened to Jean Salimbeni play his accordion with the band. Salimbeni had been a friend for many years, a fellow Italian immigrant whom Toureaux had engaged to teach Riton the accordion. Salimbeni was known to the Paris police as well. He was a talented musician, but he could not keep a job and was frequently picked up for vagrancy. On this day he had kept Toureaux’s purse so she did not have to pay the coat check fee. Laetitia had also waltzed with twenty-one-year-old Marceau Marnef and his younger sister, Pierrette, whom she knew as bals musette regulars.