A Hero in France
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Still set against Furst's familiar background of the dark years of WW2, this new offering full of treachery and intrigue for once eschews the tropes of espionage and restricts itself to a sober chronicle of the early years of the German occupation of Paris. It's 1941 and a man known as Mathieu works for the fledgling resistance and is instrumental in assisting downed British airmen to flee the clutches of the Nazis and return to England to continue the war effort. His helpers include shopkeepers, nightclub owners, lovers, students and barmen working in the shadows and dodging retribution with every perilous step. Furst, as ever, meticulously brings the grey years of the shadow war to life and his attention to details is worthy of the best of historical writing. Everyday heroism and patriotism is evoked with delegant and spare prose and the sum of the pieces feels altogether more epic than the individual incidents: the true mark of a writer in full control of his craft. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
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A Hero in France by Alan Furst
Spring, 1941. Britain is losing the war. Paris is occupied by the Nazis, dark and silent at night. But when the clouds part, and moonlight floods the city, a Resistance leader called Mathieu steps out to begin his work. The fighters of the French Resistance are determined not to give up. These courageous men and women - young and old, aristocrats and nightclub owners, teachers and students - help downed British airmen reach the border with Spain. In farmhouses and rural churches, in secret hotels, and on the streets, they risk everything to open Europe's sealed doors and lead Allied fighters to freedom. But as the military police heightens surveillance, Mathieu and his team face a new threat, dispatched from the Reich to destroy them all.
'Once again, Furst succeeds in turning human history into tense, humane - and in parts surprisingly sexy - drama' MAIL ON SUNDAY
'a more more-ish read than the vast majority of more meaty, formula-driven thrillers' SUNDAY TIMES
'When the theme is espionage during the dark days of wartime Europe, Alan Furst is one of its elite novelists.' THE TIMES
'Eloquently told, with Furst's customary mastery of both atmosphere and character - not to mention his delicate touch with tension - it is confirmation he is a writer without peer in the recreation of wartime espionage.' DAILY MAIL
'More tales of derring-do against the Nazis from the excellent Furst' THE SUN
About the Author
Publication date6th April 2017
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PublisherWeidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
CategoriesSecond World War fiction
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