Andre Szara, survivor of the Polish pogroms and the Russian civil wars, is a journalist working for Pravda in 1937. War in Europe is already underway and Szara is co-opted to join the NKVD, the Soviet secret intelligence agency. He does his best to survive the tango of pre-war politics by calmly obeying orders and keeping his nose clean. But when ...Read MoreAndre Szara, survivor of the Polish pogroms and the Russian civil wars, is a journalist working for Pravda in 1937. War in Europe is already underway and Szara is co-opted to join the NKVD, the Soviet secret intelligence agency. He does his best to survive the tango of pre-war politics by calmly obeying orders and keeping his nose clean. But when he is sent to retrieve a battered briefcase the plot thickens and is drawn into even more complex intrigues. Szara becomes a full-time spymaster and as deputy director of a Paris network, he finds his own star rising when he recruits an agent in Berlin who can supply crucial information. DARK STAR captures not only the intrigue and danger of clandestine life but the day-to-day reality of what Soviet operatives call special work.Read Less
Fair. Library copy with standard markings. Book may or may not have date stamp, lib card env. etc Book contents in good shape. Some scuffing to dust jacket and edges of cover. All proceeds from purchases from BooksKC go to benefit the Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City, a nonprofit organization which provides job services, training, and employment to individuals with disabilities.
Very good. No dust jacket as issued. minor shelfwear to front, mild fading to spine, mild toning to top edge and upper part of fore-edge, tiny dia. crease to bottom corner of pgs 47-56. copy is square, no tears, and unread. Uncorrected Proof
Very Good in Very Good jacket. Ex-Library 1991 Houghton Mifflin American First/First in VG/VG + condition. It is ex-library with the usual markings and no reminder mark. Clean and tight with just a bit of browning at the page edges. The unclipped DJ has been covered so there is virtually no wear at all. A scarce true first!
Very Good in Very Good jacket. Signed by Author First edition, second printing, hardcover. 417 pages. Quarter bound in black cloth over burgundy paper-covered boards. Map endpapers. Very good with tail of spine lightly bumped, light shelfwear to bottom edge, bottom corner of front board lightly bumped, and top corner of rear board lightly bumped, in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket. SIGNED by author on title page.
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.
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