Mission to Paris

ISBN-10: 0812981820
ISBN-13: 9780812981827
Edition: N/A
Authors: Alan Furst
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Description: “Action-packed and grippingly atmospheric.” —The Boston Globe “Page after page is dazzling.”—James Patterson NEW YORK TIMESBESTSELLER Late summer, 1938. Europe is about to explode, and the Hollywood film star Fredric Stahl is on his way to Paris to  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/4/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

“Action-packed and grippingly atmospheric.” —The Boston Globe “Page after page is dazzling.”—James Patterson NEW YORK TIMESBESTSELLER Late summer, 1938. Europe is about to explode, and the Hollywood film star Fredric Stahl is on his way to Paris to make a movie for Paramount France. The Nazis know he’s coming—a secret bureau within the Reich Foreign Ministry has for years been waging political warfare against France. For their purposes, Fredric Stahl is a perfect agent of influence. What they don’t know is that Stahl, horrified by the Nazi war on Jews and intellectuals, has become part of an informal spy service run out of the American embassy. Mission to Parisis filled with heart-stopping tension, beautifully drawn scenes of romance, and extraordinarily alive characters: a famous hostess deeply involved in Nazi clandestine operations; foreign assassins; a glamorous Russian actress-turned-spy; and the women in Stahl’s life, the socialite Kiki de Saint-Ange and the émigré Renate Steiner. But at the center of the novel is the city of Paris—its alleys and bistros, hotels grand and anonymous, and the Parisians, living every night as though it were their last. As always, Alan Furst brings to life both a dark time in history and the passion of the human hearts that fought to survive it. Praise forMission to Paris “The most talented espionage novelist of our generation.”—Vince Flynn “Vividly re-creates the excitement and growing gloom of the City of Light in 1938–39 . . . It doesn’t get more action-packed and grippingly atmospheric than this.”—The Boston Globe“One of [Furst’s] best . . . This is the romantic Paris to make a tourist weep. . . . In Furst’s densely populated books, hundreds of minor characters—clerks, chauffeurs, soldiers, whores—all whirl around his heroes in perfect focus for a page or two, then dot by dot, face by face, they vanish, leaving a heartbreaking sense of the vast Homeric epic that was World War II and the smallness of almost every life that was caught up in it.”—The New York Times Book Review “A book no reader will put down until the final page . . . Critics compare [Alan] Furst to Graham Greene and John le Carré [as] a master of historical espionage.”—Library Journal(starred review) “Alan Furst’s writing reminds me of a swim in perfect water on a perfect day, fluid and exquisite. One wants the feeling to go on forever, the book to never end. . . . Furst is one of the finest spy novelists working today.”—Publishers Weekly

Furst received a B.A. from Oberlin College in 1962 and an M.A. from Penn State in 1967. Before becoming a full-time novelist, Furst worked in advertising and wrote magazine articles, most notably for Esquire, and as a columnist for the International Herald Tribune His early novels (1976-1983) achieved limited success. However, the 1988 publication of Night Soldiers inspired by a 1984 trip to Eastern Europe on assignment for Esquire revitalized his career. It was the first of his highly original novels about espionage in Europe before and during the Second World War. Born in New York on February 20, 1941, he lived for long periods in France, especially Paris where he was awarded a Fulbright teaching fellowship. In 2011, the Tulsa Library Trust in Tulsa, Oklahoma selected Furst to receive its Helmerich Award, a literary prize given annually to honor a distinguished author's body of work He also made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2012 with his title The Mission to Paris and Midnight in Europe in 2014.

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