Atomosphere Dec 30, 2010
One of Alan Furst's strengths is absorbing the atmosphere of foreign lands, then playing it back to us as a silent character in the novel.
Calling the present work a 'thriller' or a 'spy' story is like calling A"Moby Dick" a fishing story. Furst gives us so much more, including a lack of the juvenile magical thinking that mars so much fiction. Here we have real life lived under extreme circumstances.