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By Alan Furst

Paris, 1938. because the shadow of warfare darkens Europe, democratic forces at the Continent fight opposed to fascism and communism, whereas in Spain the struggle has already started. Alan Furst, whom Vince Flynn has referred to as “the so much gifted espionage novelist of our generation,” now offers us a taut, suspenseful, romantic, and richly rendered novel of spies and mystery operatives in Paris and manhattan, in Warsaw and Odessa, at the eve of global battle II.

Cristián Ferrar, a super and good-looking Spanish émigré, is a legal professional within the Paris workplace of a prestigious foreign legislation enterprise. Ferrar is approached by means of the embassy of the Spanish Republic and requested to assist a clandestine organization making an attempt desperately to provide guns to the Republic’s beleaguered army—an attempt that places his lifestyles in danger within the conflict opposed to fascism.

Joining Ferrar during this project is a gaggle of not going women and men: idealists and gangsters, palms investors and aristocrats and spies. From shady Paris nightclubs to white-shoe long island legislation businesses, from brothels in Istanbul to the dockyards of Poland, Ferrar and his allies conflict the key brokers of Hitler and Franco. And what allies they're: there’s Max de Lyon, a former hands service provider now hunted via the Gestapo; the Marquesa Maria Cristina, a gorgeous aristocrat with a flavor for risk; and the Macedonian Stavros, who grew up “fighting Bulgarian bandits. After that, being a gangster was once easy.” Then there's Eileen Moore, the yank lady Ferrar may perhaps by no means forget.

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In ways unfathomable, my dear patient. Come on, now. Lamouche wants you down at the dock so you can familiarize yourself with his equipment. You’ll be starting out at four o’clock tomorrow morning. Consider how beneficial a week at sea will be. ” There had never been a cruise like it. The skipper of the filthy, oil-soaked fishing boat was a foul-mouthed rendering of an insignificant Captain Bligh; the crew a quartet of misfits who were undoubtedly the only men in Port Noir willing to put up with Claude Lamouche.

Money. He had to get money. He had to think about that. He shook out the clothes he had taken from the knapsack, put them on, and shoved his feet into the boots. Then he lay down on the sand, staring at the sky, which progressively grew brighter. The day was being born, and so was he. He walked the narrow stone streets of La Ciotat, going into the shops as much to converse with the clerks as anything else. It was an odd sensation to be part of the human traffic, not an unknown derelict, dragged from the sea.

He stood bracing himself in the cabin door; he raised a gun and fired again. And again. The man at the railing whipped both his hands up to his head, arching backward under the impact of the fourth bullet. The trawler’s bow dipped suddenly into the valley of two giant waves, lifting the wounded man off his feet; he twisted to his left unable to take his hands away from his head. The boat surged upward, bow and midships more out of the water than in it, sweeping the figure in the doorway back into the cabin, a fifth gunshot fired wildly.

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