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Hello, I’m Max Haven, author of THE PATHS OF GUILT, a thrilling historical murder mystery spanning four decades, beginning in France at the end of WW2. This is my first novel and I wanted to write a book that was both entertaining and thought provoking. You can find out more about the book and the inspiration behind it on this site.
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The Paths Of Guilt
—— only the truth about the woman he loved can save a Roman Catholic priest from her son’s vengeance.
THE PATHS OF GUILT is an epic tale of love and hate, lies and deceit, and murder and revenge, spanning four decades, beginning in France six weeks after D-Day. It tells the story of three people whose lives become inextricably intertwined because of the terrible events which occurred in a small town in Normandy at the end of the war. Filled with drama and passion, it will keep you turning the pages long after it is time to turn out the light.
Doncaster 1987: an elderly roofer falls to his death. Police suspect foul play, and believe a mysterious Frenchman, who disappears without a trace, is responsible. Two weeks later, a wealthy businessman is murdered at his Majorcan villa by the same man. What is the connection between the two victims and why has the Frenchman killed them?
When a third man, a retired sheep farmer, is found dead in Australia, also murdered by the Frenchman, the answer becomes apparent. All three men were WW2 veterans belonging to a small band who called themselves The Six Musketeers. They fought together in Normandy, where something so terrible happened, the Frenchman is still seeking revenge, over forty years later………
A visit to the historic French village of Oradour-sur-Glane, scene of a terrible massacre by the Nazis at the end of WW2, was the inspiration behind Max Haven’s gripping new novel. Read more below..
A visit to the historic French village of Oradour-sur-Glane, scene of a terrible massacre by the Nazis at the end of WW2, was the inspiration behind Max Haven’s gripping new novel. Read more below . . .
The Story Behind The Book
When my wife and I bought a small house in France, I had no idea at the time that it would lead to me fulfilling a long-held desire to write a novel.
We live half way between Poitiers and Limoges in a small hamlet of about ten other people. They are mostly elderly, and the population has been in decline for years. But we love the peace and quiet and above all, the escape from the congested traffic in the UK. Some days you are lucky if you see two cars on the roads around us.
One day we decided to pay a visit to the village of Oradour-sur-Glane, which is about an hour’s drive away. It was here, on 10th June 1944, ten days after D-Day, that 642 men, women and children were massacred by a division of the Nazis. Afterwards, the village was razed to the ground. Oradour-sur-Glane has come to be known as ‘The Martyr Village’, and you can read more about it in my book: The Paths of Guilt.
At the end of the war, General Charles de Gaulle decreed that the ruined village should be preserved, exactly as it was, as a permanent reminder of the terrible events which had occurred there. A visitors’ centre was built, and the village has become a popular tourist attraction in recent years.
While it may sound a little morbid to go somewhere like this for a day’s outing, it is, in fact, a very moving experience. There is a haunting stillness about the place and it seems filled with a sense of history. Somehow you know that something important and dreadful has happened here.
The sight of so many burned out cars, rusting away to nothing, never to be driven again, and the ruined shops and cafes, still with the tools of their trade scattered around and the ovens, where meals were once coked, still visible, vividly brings home the realisation that the people here were not soldiers, but ordinary villagers going about their daily lives, little knowing the fate which awaited them.
After visiting this village, I felt very strongly that the atrocity which occurred here should never be forgotten and I had to say something about it. There have been many factual accounts of the massacre and I wanted to write a story which showed how such a terrible event might overshadow the lives of people for decades to come. I also wanted to write a book which was interesting and entertaining. I hope I have done that with THE PATHS OF GUILT.
I wanted to say something about Oradour-sur-Glane. I felt it was a place which should never be forgotten. But much has already been written about the massacre itself and I decided to write a story which incorporated what happened there, to show how the actions of men who have hate in their hearts can destroy the lives of other people for decades to come.