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The Spies of Warsaw - Alan Furst
The Spies of Warsaw
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An autumn evening in 1937. A German engineer arrives at the Warsaw railway station. Tonight, he will be with his Polish mistress; tomorrow, at a workers’ bar in the city’s factory district, he will meet with the military attaché from the French embassy. Information will be exchanged for money. So... show more
An autumn evening in 1937. A German engineer arrives at the Warsaw railway station. Tonight, he will be with his Polish mistress; tomorrow, at a workers’ bar in the city’s factory district, he will meet with the military attaché from the French embassy. Information will be exchanged for money. So begins The Spies of Warsaw, the brilliant new novel by Alan Furst, lauded by The New York Times as “America’s preeminent spy novelist.”War is coming to Europe. French and German intelligence operatives are locked in a life-and-death struggle on the espionage battlefield. At the French embassy, the new military attaché, Colonel Jean-Francois Mercier, a decorated hero of the 1914 war, is drawn into a world of abduction, betrayal, and intrigue in the diplomatic salons and back alleys of Warsaw. At the same time, the handsome aristocrat finds himself in a passionate love affair with a Parisian woman of Polish heritage, a lawyer for the League of Nations.Colonel Mercier must work in the shadows, amid an extraordinary cast of venal and dangerous characters–Colonel Anton Vyborg of Polish military intelligence; the mysterious and sophisticated Dr. Lapp, senior German Abwehr officer in Warsaw; Malka and Viktor Rozen, at work for the Russian secret service; and Mercier’s brutal and vindictive opponent, Major August Voss of SS counterintelligence. And there are many more, some known to Mercier as spies, some never to be revealed.The Houston Chronicle has described Furst as “the greatest living writer of espionage fiction.” The Spies of Warsaw is his finest novel to date–the history precise, the writing evocative and powerful, more a novel about spies than a spy novel, exciting, atmospheric, erotic, and impossible to put down.“As close to heaven as popular fiction can get.”–Los Angeles Times, about The Foreign Correspondent“What gleams on the surface in Furst’s books is his vivid, precise evocation of mood, time, place, a letter-perfect re-creation of the quotidian details of World War II Europe that wraps around us like the rich fug of a wartime railway station.”–Time“A rich, deeply moving novel of suspense that is equal parts espionage thriller, European history and love story.”–Herbert Mitgang, The New York Times, about Dark Star“Some books you read. Others you live. They seep into your dreams and haunt your waking hours until eventually they seem the stuff of memory and experience. Such are the novels of Alan Furst, who uses the shadowy world of espionage to illuminate history and politics with immediacy.”–Nancy Pate, Orlando Sentinel
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781400066025 (1400066026)
Publisher: Random House, Inc.
Pages no: 266
Edition language: English
Series: Night Soldiers (#10)
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KOMET
KOMET rated it
[b:The Spies of Warsaw|2294328|The Spies of Warsaw (Night Soldiers, #10)|Alan Furst|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1320510011s/2294328.jpg|2300636] is an encapsulation of the subtle and dark arts of espionage in interwar Europe. An art, which, through the passage of centuries, had been enhanced with ...
Clif's Book World
Clif's Book World rated it
4.0
This book does a good job of describing the intrigue and danger of the world of spies in Warsaw shortly before the beginning of World War II. The reader of today knows what's about to happen, but the characters in the book are not so blessed. The characters in the book are pretty sure that war is ...
What I'm reading
What I'm reading rated it
3.0 The Spies of Warsaw: A Novel
Almost 4 stars. This is a slow building spy novel, where an honest, courageous, brave and loyal man finds himself trying to do the right thing, trying to fight the blindness of the people above him. This is about only seeing what you want to see even when faced with the truth. Lt-Colonel Jean-Franço...
Story Driven
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4.0 Spies of Warsaw
Great spy novel. The last half had me on the edge of my seat. But the really great thing about Alan Furst is that his writing is so good that it is invisible so the only thing I was thinking about was if he or one of the other spies was going to be caught.
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