A Hero in France
Spring, 1941. Britain is losing the war. Paris is occupied by the Nazis, dark and silent at night. But when the clouds part, and moonlight floods the city, a Resistance leader called Mathieu steps out to begin his work. The fighters of the French Resistance are determined not to give up. These courageous men and women - young and old, aristocrats and nightclub owners, teachers and students - help downed British airmen reach the border with Spain. In farmhouses and rural churches, in secret hotels, and on the streets, they risk everything to open Europe's sealed doors and lead Allied fighters to freedom. But as the military police heightens surveillance, Mathieu and his team face a new threat, dispatched from the Reich to destroy them all.
The alternative le Carre: Alan Furst returns with his most commercial novel to date, a nail-biting spy story set against the French Resistance. It was Top 20 in hardback.
Once again, Furst succeeds in turning human history into tense, humane - and in parts surprisingly sexy - drama MAIL ON SUNDAY a more more-ish read than the vast majority of more meaty, formula-driven thrillers SUNDAY TIMES When the theme is espionage during the dark days of wartime Europe, Alan Furst is one of its elite novelists. THE TIMES Eloquently told, with Furst's customary mastery of both atmosphere and character - not to mention his delicate touch with tension - it is confirmation he is a writer without peer in the recreation of wartime espionage. DAILY MAIL More tales of derring-do against the Nazis from the excellent Furst THE SUN
Alan Furst is widely recognised as the master of the historical spy novel. Now translated into eighteen languages, he is the author of fourteen novels including MIDNIGHT IN EUROPE, SPIES OF THE BALKANS - a TV Book Club choice - THE SPIES OF WARSAW, which became a BBC mini-series starring David Tennant and THE FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT. Born in New York, he lived for many years in Paris, and now lives on Long Island. www.alanfurst.net