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Spies of The Balkans by Alan Furst.. Thrillers! Spy novels! What could better pick up a flagging New Year and take you away as no Calgon soak can. Big writer, eye for the small and telling detail. Go ahead, read this one in the tub: Love story beneath Nazi-era smolder.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"This [is a] well-constructed, intelligent novel…Furst is that rarity, a writer of popular fiction who is also a serious novelist…Like a handful of other writers who have turned espionage fiction into something approximating art—John le Carré, of course, and Charles McCarry—Furst combines the craft of entertainment with the exploration of important themes, and in no way does the entertainment diminish the themes.  The Spies of Warsaw is entertainment from first page to last.."

The Washington Post Book World

"Splendid…no one does this better than Alan Furst, and seldom as well as in “The Spies of Warsaw.."

The New York Sun

Author bio: Born in New York City, and raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Furst received a B.A. from Oberlin College in 1962 and an M.A. from Penn State in 1967. Furst's papers reside at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin and include "a 1963 letter from Furst's grandfather Max Stockman in which his grandson is urged to be a teacher and 'write as a sideline' in his spare time." Furst did not follow this advice. While attending general studies courses at Columbia University, he became acquainted with Margaret Mead, for whom he later worked. Before becoming a full-time novelist, Furst worked in advertising and as a magazine article writer (not, according to Furst himself, as a "journalist," as has often been reported), most notably for Esquire, and as a columnist for the International Herald Tribune. Furst lives in Sag Harbor, Long Island, but he considers himself a European by sensibility. Awarded a Fulbright teaching fellowship in 1969, Furst moved to Sommières, France, outside of Montpellier, and taught at the University of Montpellier. He later lived for many years in Paris, a city that he calls "the heart of civilization" and that figures significantly in all his novels. More information can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Furst

Book Details: Thriller; 268 pp. Skulldiggery: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions

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