Paris, 1938. As the shadow of war darkens Europe, democratic forces on the Continent struggle against fascism and communism, while in Spain the war has already begun. Alan Furst, whom Vince Flynn has called “the most talented espionage novelist of our generation,” now gives us a taut, suspenseful, romantic, and richly rendered novel of spies and secret operatives in Paris and New York, in Warsaw and Odessa, on the eve of World War II.
Cristián Ferrar, a brilliant and handsome
Spanish émigré, is a lawyer in the Paris office of a prestigious
international law firm. Ferrar is approached by the embassy of the
Spanish Republic and asked to help a clandestine agency trying
desperately to supply weapons to the Republic’s beleaguered army—an
effort that puts his life at risk in the battle against fascism.
Joining Ferrar in this mission is a group of unlikely men and women:
idealists and gangsters, arms traders and aristocrats and spies. From
shady Paris nightclubs to white-shoe New York law firms, from brothels
in Istanbul to the dockyards of Poland, Ferrar and his allies battle the
secret agents of Hitler and Franco. And what allies they are: there’s
Max de Lyon, a former arms merchant now hunted by the Gestapo; the
Marquesa Maria Cristina, a beautiful aristocrat with a taste for danger;
and the Macedonian Stavros, who grew up “fighting Bulgarian bandits.
After that, being a gangster was easy.” Then there is Eileen Moore, the
American woman Ferrar could never forget.
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