‘Just when it looked as if Robert Harris had cornered the market in historical thrillers, along comes Alan Furst with a book that Harris could not better if he lived to be 100. Wartime Paris is beautifully evoked.’
‘Alan Furst’s sequence of spy novels deserves to be as feted as Patrick O’Brian’s sea stories… gloriously cinematic.’
‘Cracking entertainment… all the cinematic flair of Casablanca.’
‘Brings an era to life with a feeling of authenticity that can only be described as breathtaking and wholly addictive.’
‘Nobody does it better. Gripping stuff related with a delicacy and economy that could trace a pattern on porcelain. Quite masterly.’
‘I can recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good spy thriller.’
Mail on Sunday
From the Back Cover
Reluctant spy Jean Casson returns to Occupied Paris under a new identity. Wanted by the Gestapo, he must stay away from the civilized circles he knew as a film producer, and must somehow struggle to survive among the shadowy backstreets and cheap hotels of Pigalle. His first experience of espionage had almost cost him his life, yet as the war drags on and he witnesses the sacrifices of his fellow citizens, Casson drifts back into the dangerous ground, unpredictable world of resistance and sabotage.
“Just when it looked as if Robert Harris had cornered the market in historical thrillers, along comes Alan Furst with a book that Harris could not better if he lived to be 100. Wartime Paris, with its moral complexities, is beautifully evoked.”
AVID ROBSON, 'Sunday Telegraph'
“Furst's spy novels deserve to be as feted as Patrick O'Brian's sea stories. Gloriously cinematic . . . these are the kind of novels in which a swirl of snow falls onto shining black cobbles.”
FRANCIS SPUFFORD,'Evening Standard'
“Hard to resist . . . atmospheric, always convincingly authentic, I can recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good spy thriller.”
PHILIP KERR, 'Mail on Sunday'
“Nobody does it better. Gripping stuff related with a delicacy and economy that could trace a pattern on porcelain. Quite masterly.”
PHILIP OAKS, 'Literary Review'
“Brings an era to life . . . breathtaking and wholly addictive.”
PETER MILLER, 'The Times'
About the Author
Alan Furst, who has often been compared to Graham Greene and Eric Ambler, is widely recognised as a master of the atmospheric spy thriller. It was a journalistic assignment, for Esquire magazine, that inspired him to write Night Soldiers, the first of his highly original novels about espionage in eastern and western Europe before and during World War II. Born in New York, he has lived for long periods in France, especially in Paris.
‘Ideally complex, intelligent, hugely intriguing – in the world of the espionage thriller Furst is in a class of his own.’ william boyd
‘Furst’s ability to recreate the terrors of espionage is matchless.’