Alan Furst - hailed 'an addiction' by THE TIMES and 'in a class of his own' by William Boyd - returns with a thrilling new novel set during the tense build-up to World War II.
Paris, 1938. Democratic forces are locked in struggle as the shadow of war edges over Europe.
Cristian Ferrar, a handsome Spanish lawyer in Paris, is approached to help a clandestine agency supply weapons to beleaguered Republican forces. He agrees, putting his life on the line.
Joining Ferrar in his mission is an unlikely group of allies: idealists and gangsters, arms dealers, aristocrats and spies. From libertine nightclubs in Paris to shady bars by the docks in Gdansk, Furst paints a spell-binding portrait of a continent marching into a nightmare - and the heroes and heroines who fought back.
Enthralling ... I would recommend this novel without reservation - HERALD
Furst draws a wonderfully convincing picture of a continent on the verge of destruction - SPECTATOR
Furst's uncanny gift for place and period lifts his city, and its dubious cast of characters, well above the espionage norm - INDEPENDENT
Competitors despair. Alan Furst's mastery of the espionage novel puts him beyond any would-be rival. No one does it better than Furst - LITERARY REVIEW
Richly enjoyable - DAILY MAIL
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.