Alan Furst's novels can be viewed as elongated chapters in an ongoing book. "Midnight in Europe" is the saga's latest addition.
With this book, Furst transports the reader to a continent on the verge of war and in step with the souls of those who were trying to steer the population away from destruction.
"As in his other novels, Furst creates great tension between his protagonists' personal imperatives and their missions," writes Kent Black for the Boston Globe:
Cristian Ferrar, a Spanish lawyer living in Paris, is drawn, with only slight reluctance, by his patriotism and hatred of fascism into helping the Spanish Republican government by procuring desperately needed arms and munitions.
Aided by a mysterious fixer named Max de Lyon, former arms dealer, holder of a Swiss passport, and emigre from a Mitteleuropa shtetl, the two hatch audacious plans and execute them with the requisite amount of chases, thrills, and close calls, without which no Furst novel would be complete. There is even the slow, hot seduction of a Nationalist femme fatale, complicated by heartache over the girl Ferrar left behind in the United States.
Furst joins The Daily Circuit to talk about his latest novel.
Learn more about Alan Furst:
• Five Best: These spy tales are unsurpassed, says novelist Alan Furst (Wall Street Journal)
• Alan Furst: By the Book (New York Times)
• 'Midnight in Europe' is Kerri's book pick (The Daily Circuit)