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The Spies of Warsaw

by Alan Furst

Action / Adventure / Spy / Espionage Books of the Month - <b>September</b> eBooks of the Month Historical Fiction Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

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May 2009 Book of the Month.

This is a great novel of spies and espionage in Warsaw just before the start of World War II. With Furst doing what he does best there is plenty of action, betrayal and intrigue along with the inevitable romance thrown in to the mix too. A gripping and suspense-filled story that we can easily imagine being made in to a film.

The Spies of Warsaw Synopsis

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, with war coming to Europe, and French and German operatives 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 in to 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, amidst an extraordinary cast of venal and dangerous characters - Colonel Anton Vyborg of Polish military intelligence, last seen in Furst's THE POLISH OFFICER; the mysterious and sophisticated Doctor 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 Spies of Warsaw Press Reviews

'[Furst's] stories combine keen deductive precision with much deeper, more turbulent and impassioned aspects of character Mr. Furst is an incomparable expert at this game.' NEW YORK TIMES

 

'Furst's tales... are infused with the melancholy romanticism of Casablanca, and also a touch of Arthur Koestler's Darkness at Noon.' THE SCOTSMAN
 
'Furst's latest excellent spy thriller... so elegant and genteel - beautfully written... your heart will be pounding with tension.' THE GUARDIAN
 
'Throughout, the author's delight in the process of espionage shines through' TLS
 
'Furst's uncanny gift for place and period lift his city, and its dubious cast of characters, well above the espionage norm.' Boyd Tonkin,  THE INDEPENDENT

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ISBN: 9781780222202
Publication date: 27/12/2012
Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780753825648
Publication date: 03/01/2009
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780753825648
Publication date: 3rd January 2009
Author: Alan Furst
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Genres: Action Adventure / Spy, Books of the Month, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Espionage & spy thriller,

About Alan Furst

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 – ...

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