From “America’s preeminent spy novelist” (The New York Times) comes a fast-paced, mesmerizing thriller of the French resistance fighters working secretly and bravely to defeat Hitler.
Occupied Paris, 1942. Just before he dies, a man being chased by the Gestapo hands off a strange-looking document to the unsuspecting novelist Paul Ricard. It looks like a blueprint of a part for a military weapon, one that might have important information for the Allied forces. Ricard realizes he must try to get the diagram into the hands of members of the resistance network.
As Ricard finds himself drawn deeper and deeper into anti-Nazi efforts and increasingly dangerous espionage assignments, he travels to Germany and along the escape routes of underground resistance safe houses to spy on Nazi maneuvers. When he meets the mysterious and beautiful Leila, a professional spy, they begin to work together to get crucial information out of France and into the hands of the Allied forces in London.
As an avid Furst reader, I found this book a disappointment. Seemed pretty much phoned in.35
Having read all of Furst's work, some twice, this latest is a major disappointment. Characters are one-dimensional, lack depth, vignettes stretch all credulity, the reader is asked to accept coincidence after coincidence. Save your time and reread an earlier piece.15
This book was a waste of money and time15
Starts out with a strong through- theme that educates and engages Ends with a series of short stories that would fit in Boys Own in the 60’s A resistance member actively tracked by the Gestapo “crosses the border into Switzerland “ - easily it appears — unlikely A French couple escape capture in Germany by jumping on Ferry to Copenhagen Next sentence “ when they got back to Paris “ Htf ??? Lazy writing .25
A poorly written story where the main characters magically avoid capture by the Gestapo. This book is not the same quality as the other Alan Furst novels.25
With every new book he gets worse. Terrible, unbelievable “plot”. Stay away.15
I’ve read all of Furst’s books, so I was excited to see he had a new title out. I was very disappointed with this read. It felt like a very disjointed and undeveloped novel. A lot was missing and very unbelievable ( I know it’s fiction, but it still has to plausible ). It’s like he had to churn out a quick book to fulfill his contract.25
Previous books were inch better. Choppy .25