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The Spies Of Warsaw


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The Foreign Correspondent (November 2006) has sold over 40,000 copies in hardback and paperback to date. Alan Furst's profile and popularity has increased dramatically over the past year, with a large increase in sales, as well as more popular UK press coverage, most notably a feature in the December issue of Vanity Fair magazine, which included other high-profile authors such as Henry Porter and P.D. James. THE SPIES OF WARSAW is Alan Furst's finest novel to date - the history is precise, the writing evocative and powerful More a novel about spies than a spy novel - exciting, atmospheric, erotic and impossible to put down. Published in the stylish new cover look.

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Alan Furst has lived for long periods in France, especially in Paris, and has travelled as a journalist in Eastern Europe and Russia. He has written extensively for Esquire and the International Herald Tribune. He lives in New York state.


As spies jostle one another in late 1930s Warsaw, a French military attache launches an affair with a striking lawyer at the League of Nations. With an 11-city tour. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

'Alan Furst's spy fiction is serious, even solemn: a good but never light read.' - Literary Review.'[Furst's] stories combine keen deductive precision with much deeper, more turbulent and impassioned aspects of character...Mr. Furst...is an incomparable expert at this game.' - New York Times.'Furst's tales...are infused with the melancholy romanticism of Casablanca, and also a touch of Arthur Koestler's Darkness at Noon.' - Scotsman.'Throughout, the author's delight in the process of espionage shines through.' - TLS.

Furst (The Foreign Correspondent) solidifies his status as a master of historical spy fiction with this compelling thriller set in 1937 Poland. Col. Jean-Francois Mercier, a military attache at the French embassy in Warsaw who runs a network of spies, plays a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with his German adversaries. When one of Mercier's main agents, Edvard Uhl, an engineer at a large Dusseldorf arms manufacturer who's been a valuable source on the Nazis' new weapons, becomes concerned that the Gestapo is on to him, Mercier initially dismisses Uhl's fears. Mercier soon realizes that the risk to his spy is genuine, and he's forced to scramble to save Uhl's life. The colonel himself later takes to the field when he hears reports that the German army is conducting maneuvers in forested terrain. Even readers familiar with the Germans' attack through the Ardennes in 1940 will find the plot suspenseful. As ever, Furst excels at creating plausible characters and in conveying the mostly tedious routines of real espionage. Author tour. (June) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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