Paris, 1938. A shadow edges over Europe. Democratic forces are locked in struggle, while in Spain the war has already begun. Cristian Ferrar, a handsome Spanish lawyer in Paris, is a well-connected man. Ferrar is approached to help a clandestine agency supply weapons to beleaguered Republican forces and agrees, putting his life on the line. Joining Ferrar in his mission is an unlikely group of allies; idealists and gangsters, arms traders and aristocrats, including Max de Lyon, a man hunted by the Gestapo, and the Marquesa Maria Cristina, a refined beauty with a taste for danger. From libertine nightclubs in the City of Light to volatile bars by the docks in Gdansk, Furst paints a spell-binding portrait of a continent marching into a nightmare - and the heroes and heroines who fought back.
Another very pacy thriller from Alan Furst, meticulously researched, and atmospheric in its film noir style. Set largely in Paris in 1938, it features Cristián Ferrar, a handsome and successful Spanish lawyer who is a partner in an international firm. With civil war ongoing in Spain, Ferrar becomes an unofficial consultant to the so-called Technical Bureau, using his contacts and expertise to buy arms for export to his home country As his mission takes him far and wide, so he finds himself allied to a disparate group of people: gangsters, arms dealers, and aristocrats, all working for the Spanish cause or caught in the shadow of war that looms over the whole of Europe. From the smarter arrondissements of the French capital to ‘the wrong side of the tracks’ in Poland and a freighter on a dangerous voyage on the Black Sea, Ferrar’s affiliations ensure his world is never dull!
Publication date: 12/06/2014
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
|Publication date:||12th June 2014|
|Publisher:||Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co|
|Genres:||Action Adventure / Spy, eBook Favourites,|
Alan Furst is widely recognised as the master of the historical spy novel. Now translated into eighteen languages, he is the author of fourteen novels including MIDNIGHT IN EUROPE, SPIES OF THE BALKANS - a TV Book Club choice - THE SPIES OF WARSAW, which became a BBC mini-series starring David Tennant and THE FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT. Born in New York, he lived for many years in Paris, and now lives on Long Island. Below is a Q & A with this author. Who's your favourite author?I've got a lot of favourites, but my favourite favourite is Anthony Powell – ...More About Alan Furst