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Intelligent thriller and beautifully written,
This review is from: The Foreign Correspondent (Hardcover)
Paris in 1939 with the distinct signs of the hurricane of war just beginning to blow, and a group of Italian exiles contribute to the struggle by producing Liberazione[itals], an anti-fascist newspaper that is smuggled into Italy. The problem is that Mussolini's secret police are also active in Paris, and have assassinated the editor. Reluctantly, Reuters foreign correspondent Carlo Weisz takes over the chair, even though his real focus is on Christa, the love of his life, who is getting herself involved in very dangerous anti-Nazi espionage in Berlin. This is the kind of literate and erudite writing we have come to expect from Alan Furst, who gives us an object lesson on how a quiet, beautifully written spy thriller can be just as gripping as anything in which bombs and bullets fly. Carlo and his associates become drawn deeper and deeper into the world of spying, deception and, of course, betrayal. With Christa in terrible danger, Carlo agrees to undertake a perilous mission to Italy on condition that the British SIS get her out of Berlin before she disappears into Hitler's nacht und nebel, the night and fog of Nazi Germany. Excellent.