The sequel to the acclaimed The World at Night -- reluctant spy Jean Casson returns in another haunting and atmospheric thriller set in the shadows of occupied Paris. Alan Furst has been widely praised for his novels set against a background of espionage and resistance in Europe during the 1930s and World War II. Combining the authenticity of ...
The sequel to the acclaimed The World at Night -- reluctant spy Jean Casson returns in another haunting and atmospheric thriller set in the shadows of occupied Paris. Alan Furst has been widely praised for his novels set against a background of espionage and resistance in Europe during the 1930s and World War II. Combining the authenticity of historical novels, the intrigue of spy thrillers and the atmosphere of film noir, they draw regular comparisons with the works of Graham Greene, John le Carre and Eric Ambler. In The World at Night, he introduced the memorable character of film producer Jean Casson, whose civilised, upper-class life is thrown into turmoil by the German occupation of Paris. As the painful realities of life under Nazi domination hit home, he is reluctantly drawn into the world of espionage and double agents -- until he is forced to flee the country. In Red Gold, Jean Casson returns to Paris under a new identity, knowing that for him nothing will ever be the same. As a fugitive from the Gestapo, he is no longer able to take his accustomed place among his well-to-do former associates, but must somehow struggle to survive in the shadows -- among the pimps and whores of Pigalle, among anarchists and thieves. This time, however, he is determined to stay clear of trouble. Yet, as the war drags on and he sees what is happening to his compatriots, Casson begins, inevitably, to drift back into the dangerous world of resistance and sabotage -- torn once again between honour, patriotism, love and survival. 'Nothing can be like watching Casablanca for the first time, but Furst comes closer than anyone has in years.' Time 'Ideally complex, intelligent, hugely intriguing -- in the world of the espionage thriller Furst is in a class of his own.' william boyd
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FURST IS A FAVORITE FOR SPY-ESPIONAGE CAPERS. ALL ARE NICE AND PROVIDE "LIGHT" READING AFTER A HEAVY SUBJECT. ENJOYABLE. QUICK TO READ.
Apr 12, 2008
I dont know which of Alan Furst's novels set in pre WWII Europe I liked most. One is better than the next. Whether set in Paris or Berlin or Budapest, the period background is perfect, the characters believable and the hero flawed but winning. I hope there will be more.
Publishers Weekly, 1999-01-18 From the atmosphere established in his fifth novel's first sentence ("Casson woke in a room in a cheap hotel and smoked his last cigarette") to the knock on the door at the denouement, Furst again proves himself the master of his chosen terrainæbehind the lines of Nazi occupation in France during WWII. His previous novel, The World at Night, opened in May 1940, with French film producer Jean Casson setting out to take newsreels of the defense of France's Maginot line and becoming swamped in the German invasion. It is now September 1941, and Casson, broke and hiding under a false name, is about to commit fully to the Resistance. As a man of indeterminate political affiliation, he's chosen to negotiate between the Resistance and the French Communists, who, with the German army on the verge of taking Moscow, have orders from Stalin to sabotage the Nazis in any way possible. The "red gold" SS looters try to steal in Russia is a metaphoric payment in blood, while in Paris informers are everywhere and collaboration is still rampant. Furst's textured plotæexhibiting shifting loyalties and betrayals; lone, often hopeless acts of heroism; and lovers bravely partingæmakes for spellbinding drama. (In one scene, a clandestine radio operator broadcasts a few moments too long, and hears soldiers' boots racing up the stairs to get him.) Furst, who deserves the comparisons he's earned to Graham Greene and Eric Ambler, seems to be settling into a franchise here, rather than reaching for the fire he caught in his third novel, The Polish Officer. Casson's story unfolds convincingly, however, and as it continues here to April of 1942, promises a few more episodes to come from this author's tried and true brand of masterfully detailed espionage. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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