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on 12 September 2012
I think that I have read all of the Alan Furst novels and I have enthusiastically recommended him to several friends and relations. My brother recently asked me which book would be the best one to start with but I didn't recommend this one. It's a good read and I enjoyed it but I feel it is a pale shadow of some of Furst's earlier work. Like another reviewer has mentioned, it has the definite feel of a 'one book a year' about it and indeed this book had it's release date published well in advance the previous year.

The opening chapters are very reminiscent of 'The World At Night' which is also about the French film industry. Both books have over long irrelevant descriptions of film plots and I speed read through all of this to get to the main story. The hero, Eric Stahl, is basically the same character from previous books and Alan Furst needs to attend to this. The Nazis are portrayed as bumbling fools who in reality would probably have eliminated Stahl as soon as he stepped out of line. As always, there is a fast tracked happy ending which definitely had a feeling of 'got to get this to the publisher'

Another book like this and Alan Furst will begin to lose his credibility

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