The alternative le Carre: Alan Furst returns with his most commercial novel to date, a nail-biting spy story set against the French Resistance. It was Top 20 in hardback.
Spring, 1941. Britain is losing the war.
Paris is occupied by the Nazis, dark and silent at night. But when the clouds part, and moonlight floods the city, a Resistance leader called Mathieu steps out to begin his work.
The fighters of the French Resistance are determined not to give up. These courageous men and women - young and old, aristocrats and nightclub owners, teachers and students - help downed British airmen reach the border with Spain. In farmhouses and rural churches, in secret hotels, and on the streets, they risk everything to open Europe's sealed doors and lead Allied fighters to freedom.
But as the military police heightens surveillance, Mathieu and his team face a new threat, dispatched from the Reich to destroy them all.
Furst's ability to recreate the terrors of espionage is matchless - Robert Harris
In the world of the espionage thriller, Alan Furst is in a class of his own - William Boyd
As delicately crafted as John le Carre at the height of his George Smiley years, it is a delight from the first page to the last... Seductive, unexpectedly sexy... It is quite superb - Daily Mail on Spies of the Balkans
Dazzling... If you are a John le Carre fan, this is definitely a novel for you - James Patterson on Mission to Paris
Alan Furst is widely recognised as the master of the historical spy novel. Now translated into eighteen languages, he is the author of novels including MISSION TO PARIS, SPIES OF THE BALKANS - a TV Book Club choice - THE SPIES OF WARSAW, which became a BBC mini-series starring David Tennant and THE FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT.
Born in New York, he lived for many years in Paris and travelled as a journalist in Eastern Europe and Russia. He has written extensively for Esquire and the International Herald Tribune. He now lives in Long Island.