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Spies of the Balkans

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Salonika, 1940. To the bustle of tavernas and the smell of hashish, a secret war is taking shape. In the backrooms of barbers, envelopes change hands ... Show synopsis

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DowninginReading

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by DowninginReading on 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. Highly recommended.

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Davis Brant

Not so "Furst" as the first ones.

I liked the characters but the intrigue was not as riveting as his former books, say, the first six/seven. His writing is elegant and his research is workmanlike but maybe a little formulaic in style. I smiled broadly waiting for the Brasserie link - I must say I love that motif - and of course, "S ... Read more

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