Midnight in Europe

Midnight in Europe

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Frederic Stahl, born of Viennese intelligentsia, ran away to sea at the age of seventeen. Embarking in America, his matinee idol looks and Old-World charm took him to Hollywood, and a life of movies and women. But by autumn 1939, the unease in Europe has spread even to Stahl's glamorous enclave. War has been declared, and though bullets and bombs are yet to fly, his decision to shoot a film in Paris seems ill-advised. The Parisians know this is their last spring, and a time to be passionate. Soon after his arrival, Stahl is drawn into a clandestine world of foreign correspondents, exiled Spanish republicans, and of course, spies of every sort. For as a celebrity from neutral America - who can travel across the continent freely - Stahl could be very useful indeed...Returning to the Brasserie Heiniger, and some of the colourful cast from The World at Night, this will be a headily atmospheric portrait of a continent in the grip of The Phony War.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 111 x 178mm
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753829010
  • 9780753829011
  • 659,066

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Alan Furst's novels have invoked glowing comparisons with Graham Greene for his idiosyncratic recreations of 1930s Europe; Midnight in Europe shows that there is not the slightest diminution in his masterly command -- Barry Forshaw FINANCIAL TIMES Furst's novels of WWII and the years immediately before it are becoming something of a genre of their own - a richly enjoyable mix of spy adventures, love stories, thrillers and social histories... the real pleasure comes in simply spending time with Furst's gallery of plausible villains and unlikely heroes THE MAIL ON SUNDAY Alan Furst's gripping novel is driven by his deceptively straightforward style, which gently piles everyday detail on detail building up little by little until the reader becomes enmeshed in a complex web of international intrigue and machinations right to the very end -- Amy Myers SHOTS Since the publication of Night Soldiers in 1988, Alan Furst has established himself as a uniquely appealing writer of espionage fiction, attracting not only those who know the genre, but also those who hold more literary sensibilities. Like Le Carre, he imbues his thrillers with a compelling air of reality that convinces the reader of their authenticity... The main reason to read Furst, however, is his pitch-perfect period detail. The author evokes time and place with effortless ease... Furst is one of the greatest practitioners of the spy thriller working today. If you've read him before, you'll already have bought the book. If not, you're about to discover a real pleasure -- Russel McLean THE HERALD (GLASGOW) Furst deftly creates a chiaroscuro world, a chessboard Europe half glimpsed through shadow and fog and dominated by the looming threat of fascism. The sombre tone is offset by Furst's delightfully improbably cast of characters, which includes down-at-heel aristocrats, mercenary arms dealers, femmes fatales and star-crossed lovers. Ferrer, our amateur spy is a wonderful creation an idealistic but hopelessly native innocent abroad who understands all to well that he is a very small cog in a vast machine grinding inexorably towards a conflict that will dwarf even the horrors of the Spanish Civil War -- Declan Burke THE IRISH TIMES Alan Furst's Midnight in Europe unfolds in 1938, during the Spanish Civil war. Cristian, a Spanish lawyer working in Paris, agrees to assist the Republic's arms-buying agency there, and hence meets a cosmopolitan assortment of ambiguous heroes and colourful rogues... Furst devotees will devour it eagerly -- John Dugdale THE SUNDAY TIMES This is another fine addition to his elegant, gripping, interwoven set of novels... Furst tells gallopingly good stories, and Midnight in Europe is one of them THE SCOTSMAN As ever, the setting is thoroughly convincing, the detail impressive, and the atmosphere of doomed romance intoxicating. His writing is sophisticated, nuanced, and surprisingly funny in places, without ever being flashy. Furst is too skilled the storyteller to ever break the spell he casts over the reader for the sake of a clever phrase. No doubt Midnight in Europe will sell by the bucket load, and that's just fine with me www.crimefictionlover.com Featuring some colourful characters, including idealists, gangsters and aristocrats and involving Ferrar in trips to New York, Berlin, Poland, Romania, Istanbul and Odessa, the novel is well paced and captures the mood of the times CHOICE Highly exciting...full of suspense... This novel will keep the new reader engrossed to the very end CRIME REVIEW The 2013 television adaptation of the WWII thriller The Spies of Warsaw drew a greater audience to Furst's classic spy novels and his latest book won't disappoint them... fast-paced, engaging thriller WE LOVE THIS BOOK [Furst] remains at the top of his game. This is another fine addition to his elegant, gripping, interwoven set of novels that will someday form a kaleidoscopic map of European powers forced into desperate alliances as they fight for their lives... Furst tells galloping good stories, and Midnight in Europe is one of them. -- Janet Maslin NEW YORK TIMES (USA) This spy thriller set in 1938 from Edgar finalist Furst (Mission to Paris) ... charts the attempts of two part-time arms dealers, Chistian Ferrar and Max de Lyon, to serve the Spanish Republic and its beleaguered army while most of the continent has its eye on Berlin. Every clandestine mission they undertake - a prolonged quest for cannons in Poland, a nifty operation to trick Russia out of field guns and antiaircraft weaponry in Odessa - is fraught with struggle, and the pro-Franco Nazi spy apparatus always seems one step ahead ... As usual, Furst manages to capture the fragile, itinerant nature of European life during the interwar period, dropping in hints of the horror to come PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (USA) Through multiple novels, Furst has illuminated moments of reluctant courage and desperate love in a world teetering on the edge of destruction. He does so again here, and, as always, he does it exquisitely... Furst is a master of mood, but, above all, he is able to show how the most personal of emotions-love, especially-drives the actions of men and women caught in a time of peril BOOKLIST (USA) Another tense drama of pre-World War II Europe from a master of the period... As usual, Furst manages to hold the reader's rapt attention without blood-and-guts action. Furst owns the dark blanket that covers Europe between the two world wars. His latest is a satisfying, thought-provoking read KIRKUS REVIEWS (USA) No espionage author, it seems, is better at summoning the shifting atmosphere of Europe before the start of World War II than Alan Furst, whose gifts for such evocation are on display once more in the suspenseful and sophisticated Midnight in Europe ... exciting and moving WALL STREET JOURNAL (USA) Furst vividly re-creates an era that brought pain and consequence to nearly every civilian in every country... And so it is with Furst's newest novel, "Midnight in Europe." Furst creates great tension between his protaganists' personal imperatives and their missions... I've read every one of [Furst's novels] twice. Each time I get my hands on a new one, I devour it in a single sitting. I can't help it; they're just too much fun to put down. A couple months later, I'll pick it up again and take my time. Like the choucroute garnie and dark beer at Heininger, it's even more fun to savor every morsel THE BOSTON GLOBE (USA) Another tale of desperate bravery from the master of World War II-era thrillers NEW YORK DAILY NEWS (USA) A complexly plotted and smoothly written story SUNDAY CANBERRA TIMES (Australia) Acclaimed author Alan Furst expertly unfolds a ripping yarn of derring-do that manages, with no apparent breaking of sweat, to pay homage to his spy thriller-writer heroes (Eric Ambler, Graham Greene, Alaister McLean, Dennis Wheatley and, perhaps most resonantly, John le Carre) while simultaneously forging a highly individualistic streak... Furst has been writing - evocatively, intuitively, and with a level of clear-headed knowledge and extensive research... about this pre-war period of time from the late 1980s... If you're familiar with Furst's work you'll know what to expect: old-fashioned yet sophisticated, highly intelligent adventure novels with an underlying cinematic sensibility. If you're not familiar, then perhaps it's time to start? -- Tony Clayton-Lea IRISH EXAMINERshow more

About Alan Furst

Alan Furst is widely recognised as the master of the historical spy novel. Now translated into eighteen languages, he is the author of thirteen novels including MISSION TO PARIS, 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.netshow more