Ill Met by Moonlight

W. Stanley Moss's true story of one of the Second World War's most daring adventures unfolds on the island of Crete, where British commandos and Greek resistance fighters kidnap Nazi General Heinrich Kreipe and spirit him away to British-occupled Egypt. Added to the thrill of the caper itself is the reader's delight in realizing that standing tall among its ingenious heroes is one of the best English prose writers of modern times, Patrick Leigh Fermor.

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…