Title: Night Soldiers
Author: Alan Furst
I enjoyed this one. I appreciate the Soviet perspective on the espionage game. Furst also does a nice job portraying the loneliness of the work and the occasional disappointment of not being able to tell people what you actually do for a living. The language is frequently beautiful. I love this passage describing 1937 Paris:
At first, the tide of secrecy that rippled through the streets had made him tense and watchful, but in time he realized that in a city of clandestine passions, everyone was a spy. Amours. Fleeting or eternally renewed, tender or cruel, a single sip or an endless bacchanal, they were the true life and business of a place where money was never enough and power always drained away.
I'm up for more. Furst's Night Soldiers series now totals 14 books, all of them covering the spy game during this same time period. Dark Star is the next installment.
Please join us and share your own review of your best read from the past month. This month's link list is below. I'll keep it open until the end of the day. I'll post January's tomorrow. Meetings are the last Friday of each month. Next gathering is January 27th.