This was the first book by Alan Furst that I have read and I will certainly read more. He has clearly well researched life in Paris in the late thirties and the atmosphere he creates is very authentic. The pace is leisurely in the beginning but the tension builds as the story progresses and the conclusion is unexpected but believable.
This is a very well presented summary of world history with critical events and key periods analysed and presented in clear language. The narrator is excellent and as each chapter is almost a self-contained package it is possible to jump from chapter to chapter in any order without losing any historical context.
This is a book which is entertaining and gives an insight into a world most people don't know or probably can't afford to know - the buying and selling of wines at extraordinary prices. Like every business where the price paid is not related to intrinsic value, the sophisticated fraudster finds an opportunity.
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