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The Foreign Correspondent Hardcover – 30 May 2006

3.9 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; First Edition First Printing edition (30 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400060192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400060191
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 3 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,682,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mr Furst excels at period atmosphere, which he conjures up, not with a litany of facts absorbed and reproduced, but with light touches that suggest the broader scene. His characters are wonderfully human: complex and ambiguous, fearful and determined, but people, who, when need to be, can gather their courage and do what needs to be done. Mr Furst is a subtle, economical writer who knows precisely when to stop a sentence. (THE ECONOMIST (10.6.06))

There is something deeply comforting about Furst's cat-and-mousery, played out in Spain, Italy and the smoke-filled bars of Paris. But beneath the period detail there is both a complicated thriller and a full-throated love story. (WWW.FIRSTPOST.CO.UK)

outstandingly atmospheric and well-informed. (Jessica Mann LITERARY REVIEW)

The Foreign Correspondent is a reminder that the espionage novel - if that's what we're going to call it - can still be a vehicle for fine writing. Furst's audacious reinvention of the genre is a constant delight. (Barry Forshaw THE INDEPENDENT (5.12.06))

a typically silky spy thriller...the period minutiae, as ever, were superb. (David Robson SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

This is the kind of literate and erudite writing we have come to expect from Alan Furst, who gives us an object lesson in how a quiet, beautifully written spy thriller can be just as gripping as anything in which bombs and bullets fly...Excellent. (Matthew Lewin THE GUARDIAN (9.12.06))

He [Furst] certainly knows his territory, and writes beautifully from the first sentence. (Alex Berenson THE SCOTSMAN (16.12.06))

Furst's heroes are exceptional in their intelligence, their canny ability to survice, and their remarkable attractiveness to women. (Ruth Morse TLS (22 & 29 December 2006))

Furst is often compared to Graham Greene, but a closer parallel might be Eric Ambler, who likewise dealt in the interface of politics and business, and whose characters are more ambiguous but less divided than Greene's...Furst...[is] so pleasurable and rewarding to read. (Michael Carlson THE SPECTATOR (30.12.06))

Furst's Simenon-like evocations of mid-century Paris are a reliable delight; what is also impressive here is how a relatively slender novel gives a panoramic picture of fascism and its opponents elsewhere in Europe, as Weisz's job takes him to Spain, Germany, Italy and Czechoslovakia. (John Dugdale SUNDAY TIMES (7.1.07))

a thrilling evocation of Paris just before the Second World War. (George Byrne EVENING HERALD (4.11.07))

Does anyone write better espionage thrillers than Alan Furst? The answer is a ringing no...This is a novel that shows Furst at his masterful best, his prose beautifully shaped, his use of understatement serene, and his creation of character supreme. Do yourself a favour and buy this book. You won't get better. (Vincent Banville IRISH TIMES (27.1.07)) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The next great page-turner from the master of the noir spy novel. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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