The Naked and the Damned, Neville Johnson


A beautiful French woman, wrongly convicted of spying for the Germans in World War One Paris and sentenced to be put to death by a firing squad, escapes under a new identity to New York City, where she meets and falls in love with a handsome young Roman Catholic priest, an Italian immigrant with eerie secret ties to the Sicilian Mafia.
In the blindness of her passion, she ignores the tell-tale signs of weaknesses in the history and character of her lover, who takes unparalleled steps to save her life, as she is relentlessly pursued across the globe by her nemesis, Bourque, a French Police inspector hellbent on recapturing her in order to feed her to the firing squad. Eventually, she ends up in Zürich and Lucerne, Switzerland, where electrifying events involving her, the priest, and Bourque unfold, in shocking twists and turns.


Naked and the Damned is just as exciting to read as Johnston's other books. In fact, as the story starts to unfold and we meet each character, certain questions come to mind: Who is this person, really? What role will they play in the end? And, goodness gracious, what's next?

This is undoubtedly a novel that deserves to be on your island bookshelf. So don’t wait for the summer, order it now, read it now, and enjoy it now.

The Naked and the Damned book cover

About the Author

Having arrived in Canada from Jamaica in 1959 with $5, his clothes, and a few books, Neville Johnston graduated with a B.A. from University of Toronto in 1961 and then with a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1964.  For 53 years, he practiced law and was a partner in the Brockville-firm, Henderson Johnston Fournier.

In addition to being a Member of the Bar of Ontario, Johnston is also a Member of the Bar of New York.  He is the recipient of the Vanier Award (1973) as one of five Outstanding Young Persons of Canada, a distinction later shared by former Governor General Edward Schreyer (1975) and hockey great Wayne Gretzky (1982). Johnston, now retired and enjoying writing, self-proclaims that he is a true "alchemist of words".