Colonel Mercier must work in the shadows, amid an extraordinary cast of venal and dangerous charactersâ€“Colonel Anton Vyborg of Polish military intelligence; the mysterious and sophisticated Dr. Lapp, senior German Abwehr officer in Warsaw; Malka and Viktor Rozen, at work for the Russian secret service; and Mercierâ€™s brutal and vindictive opponent, Major August Voss of SS counterintelligence. And there are many more, some known to Mercier as spies, some never to be revealed.
The Houston Chronicle has described Furst as â€śthe greatest living writer of espionage fiction.â€ť The Spies of Warsaw is his finest novel to dateâ€“the history precise, the writing evocative and powerful, more a novel about spies than a spy novel, exciting, atmospheric, erotic, and impossible to put down.
â€śAs close to heaven as popular fiction can get.â€ť
â€“Los Angeles Times, about The Foreign Correspondent
â€śWhat gleams on the surface in Furstâ€™s books is his vivid, precise evocation of mood, time, place, a letter-perfect re-creation of the quotidian details of World War II Europe that wraps around us like the rich fug of a wartime railway station.â€ť
â€śA rich, deeply moving novel of suspense that is equal parts espionage thriller, European history and love story.â€ť
â€“Herbert Mitgang, The New York Times, about Dark Star
â€śSome books you read. Others you live. They seep into your dreams and haunt your waking hours until eventually they seem the stuff of memory and experience. Such are the novels of Alan Furst, who uses the shadowy world of espionage to illuminate history and politics with immediacy.â€ť
â€“Nancy Pate, Orlando Sentinel
Hardcover: 266 pages
Publisher: Random House; First Edition, First Printing (June 3, 2008)
Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.6 inches