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Dark Star [Kindle Edition]

Alan Furst
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‘Imagine discovering an unscreened espionage thriller from the late 1930s, a classic black-and-white movie that captures the murky allegiances and moral ambiguity of Europe on the brink of war… Nothing can be like watching Casablanca for the first time, but Furst comes closer than anyone has in years.’
Time

‘The time-frame of the late 1930s on the continent was once the special property of Eric Ambler and Graham Greene: Furst has ventured into their fictional territory and brought out a story that is equally original and engaging.’
New York Times

‘Espionage oozing from every shadow – writing of a high calibre.’
Sunday Express

‘Mesmerising.’
Sunday Telegraph
‘A jewel.’
Daily Mail

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'Outclasses any spy novel I have ever read' Richard Condon, author of The Manchurian Candidate

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Andre Szara, survivor of the Polish pogroms and the Russian civil wars, is a journalist working for Pravda in 1937. War in Europe is already underway and Szara is co-opted to join the NKVD, the Soviet secret intelligence agency. He does his best to survive the tango of pre-war politics by calmly obeying orders and keeping his nose clean. But when he is sent to retrieve a battered briefcase the plot thickens and is drawn into even more complex intrigues.

Szara becomes a full-time spymaster and as deputy director of a Paris network, he finds his own star rising when he recruits an agent in Berlin who can supply crucial information. DARK STAR captures not only the intrigue and danger of clandestine life but the day-to-day reality of what Soviet operatives call special work.

From the Back Cover

In the back alleys and glittering salons of night-time Europe, war is already underway as Soviet intelligence and the Nazi Gestapo confront each other in an intricate duel of espionage. On the front line is Andre Szara, a born survivor – of the Polish pogroms, the Stalinist purges and the Russian civil wars. His only goal is to keep going, but slowly, inextricably, he is drawn into the dark intrigues of pre-war Europe where life is a grey uncertainty of cheap hotel rooms, love affairs that cannot last and friends who have ceased to exist.

Alan Furst's highly acclaimed novels recreating the atmosphere and tension of the worlds of espionage and resistance in Europe in the 1930s and World War II include 'Night Soldiers, The Polish Officer' and 'The World at Night'.

'A jewel – a gripping thriller that is also a fascinating history lesson.'
SHAUN USHER, 'Daily Mail'

'Imagine discovering an unscreened espionage thriller from the late 1930s, a classic black-and-white movie that captures the murky allegiances and moral ambiguity of Europe on the brink of war… Nothing can be like watching 'Casablanca' for the first time, but Furst comes closer than anyone has in years.'
WALTER SHAPIRO, 'Time Magazine'

'A classic spy story… Furst brings to life better than most historians the world of fear in which so many human beings felt trapped.'
ALAN BULLOCK, author of 'Hitler and Stalin'

'A rich, deeply moving novel of suspense that is equal parts espionage thriller, European history and love story. The time-frame of the late 1930s on the continent was once the special property of Eric Amber and Graham Greene: Furst has ventured into their fictional territory and brought out a story that is equally original and engaging.'
HERBERT MITGANG, 'New York Times'

'Espionage oozing from every shadow – writing of a high calibre.'
MICHAEL DOVE, 'Sunday Express'

About the Author

American novelist 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.
His new novel, Red Gold – a sequel to The World at Night – is published in September ‘98.

‘Ideally complex, intelligent, hugely intriguing – in the world of the espionage thriller, Alan Furst is in a class of his own.’ william boyd

‘Furst’s ability to recreate the terrors of espionage is matchless.’
robert harris

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