'If any thriller writer has absolutely nailed a time and place in which to set his fiction, in this case France and Eastern Europe at the beginning of World War II, it is the American master of historical spy-fi Alan Furst ... Alan Furst is a master of his chosen material and his writing is cool, calm and very collected and proves, yet again, that he is one of the truly great writers of espionage fiction.
PRAISE FOR ALAN FURST, THE MASTER OF THE HISTORICAL ESPIONAGE NOVEL 'Furst's ability to recreate the terrors of espionage is matchless' Robert Harris 'Furst is an addiction' The Times 'If you are a John le Carre' fan, this is definitely a novel for you' James Patterson on Mission to Paris 'Furst never stops astounding me' Tom Hanks 'America's preeminent spy novelist' New York Times 'How I envy anybody who has not yet discovered Furst's writing' Telegraph 'Furst's books are like Chopin's nocturnes: timeless, transcendent, universal. One does not so much read them as fall under their spell' Los Angeles Times
Furst's novels are often seen as historical thrillers because they are set in WWII but there is no need to look to the sub-set for reputation, he stands with the best in the espionage genre.
Furst's prose is almost understated but he conjures up a universe. Wartime Paris is lovingly depicted: the smell of wet leaves, the taste of chicory coffee, the flics in their rain capes, a loaded glance across a cafe. Most of all, the sense of menace
A gripping story of a novelist handed a top-secret blueprint by a dying man and tasked with getting it into the hands of the French resistance while hounded by the Gestapo . . . the twists and intrigue keep coming
As ever, Furst vividly evokes a sense of time and place