2014: 74. The Spies of Warsaw

"In the dying light of an autumn day in 1937, a certain Herr Edvard Uhl, a secret agent, descended from the first-class railway carriage in the city of Warsaw."

The Spies of Warsaw, Alan Furst

Another Furst, and a very enjoyable one at that. It's the story of Colonel Jean-Francois Mercier, a decorated veteran of WWI, who finds himself as a diplomatic attache in Warsaw in the 1930s.  Slowly he finds himself drawn into the world of espionage, in a time when alliances are shifting and secrets are mounting.  And, you know, Nazis.

Anyway, it's a great read - I found it more plausible than some of his other books (i.e. its more likely that a diplomatic attache would be drawn into spy life than a movie star would), and it clipped along at a brisk pace.  If you like Furst, you will definitely enjoy this - and if you haven't read any Furst, I think this would be a pretty great entree to his stuff.  Mercier is a good hero - very French, which is fun, and there is a gorgeous dame, too.  What more could you want.

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017