Author(s): Alan Furst
September, 1939. The invading Germans blaze a trail of destruction across Poland. France and Britain declare war, but do nothing to help. And a Polish resistance movement takes shape under the shadow of occupation, enlisting those willing to risk death in the struggle for their nation's survival. Among them is Captain Alexander de Milja, an officer in the Polish military intelligence service, a cartographer who now must learn a dangerous new role: spymaster in the anti-Nazi underground. Beginning with a daring operation to smuggle the Polish National Gold Reserve to the government in exile, he slips into the shadowy and treacherous front lines of espionage; he moves through Europe, changing identities and staying one step ahead of capture. In Warsaw, he engineers a subversive campaign to strengthen the people's will to resist. In Paris, he poses as a Russian poet, then as a Slovakian coal merchant, drinking champagne in black-market bistros with Nazis while uncovering information about German battle plans. And a love affair with a woman of the French Resistance leads him to make the greatest decision of his life.
Reissued in the terrific new cover style A top-notch novel from an exceptionally talented writer Alan Furst receives exceptional reviews: 'One of the best novels of the year...Brilliant' Robert Harris 'You can almost hear the chained wheels of the Gestapo car on the snow, the whack of bullets in the moonlit Polish forests, the quietness of occupied Paris by night' Observer 'Surely among the most convincing war books of our time' Sunday Telegraph 'Furst writes the best espionage thrillers in the business' Literary Review 'I always feel a thrill of anticipation when a new Alan Furst arrives...wonderful books, wonderful writing' Irish Times 'Alan Furst writes brilliantly about wartime Europe' Economist 'His exquisitely wrought spy thrillers, set in the Thirties and Forties, have set new standards for the genre' Sunday Telegraph 'Pleasurable and rewarding to read' Spectator 'This is the kind of literate and erudite writing we have come to expect from Alan Furst, who gives us an object lesson in how a quiet, beautifully written spy thriller can be just as gripping as anything in which bombs and bullets fly... excellent' Guardian
"a tense and evocative spy thriller...brings a period of history vividly to life" ILFORD RECORDER
Alan Furst has lived for long periods in France, especially in Paris, and has travelled as a journalist in Eastern Europe and Russia. He has written extensively for Esquire and the International Herald Tribune.