Proverb: “It takes a thief to catch a thief.”

And so my brain gave birth to Max St. Denis who steals back from the Nazi regime that defeated, occupied and plundered France at the outset of World War II. Max St. Denis starts out as a car thief, then steals from the many thieves looting the artwork of France, and finally steals the Jews of Paris from deportation and death at the hands of Vichy and Nazi enemies.

Welcome to the world of the thieves of Paris—not only the fictional Max St. Denis, but also Nazi looters, Vichy would-be looters, East European Zionist activists, German diplomats, hangers-on, forgers and collaborators.