From the New York Times best-selling author and the "modern-day master of the genre" (Newsday) comes a gripping novel of espionage and deception in 1938 pre-war Paris.
At the center of the intrigue is Hollywood star Frederic Stahl. September 1938. On the eve of the Munich Appeasement, Stahl arrives in Paris, on loan from Warner Brothers to star in a French film. He quickly becomes entangled in the shifting political currents of pre-war Paris - French fascists, German Nazis, and his Hollywood publicists all have their fates tied to him. But members of the clandestine spy world of Paris have a deeper interest in Stahl, sensing a potential asset in a handsome, internationally renowned actor.
Ranging from the high society of glittering Paris to film set locations in far-away Damascus and Budapest, Alan Furst's new novel confirms his status as a writer whose stories unfold "like a vivid dream" (The Wall Street Journal).
©2012 Alan Furst (P)2012 Simon & Schuster
The story unfolds slowly and with our perspective, more than 70 years after the period in which it takes place, a sense of dread builds throughout. The reader is outstanding and really offers a unique voice to each character. And, it isn't clear exactly how things will end until almost the very end.
The scene in the restaurant when we truly see the casually sinister nature of the Nazis and their sympathizers enjoying their affluence amid the tense environment that surrounds them.
The nuances in his voice make you forget (this sounds silly but it's true) that he is actually a male performing both male and female roles.
In movie making, evil is not always an illusion.
Too many other good books right now to listen to
the moodiness, the depictions highlighting the truely despicable behaviour of the Nazis
I've listened to most of Furst's books and generally admire their sophistication and sense of history. This one puzzles me. Like two books. The second half doesn't cut it.
Lack of coherence and ho-hum love story.
So, so, so.
No, he needs to go back to what got him here.
is that French bistro ever going to close?
no it was much more Hamlet-esque
he was very good
A good stroy line and a trappy ending -- a little surprising...
Yes, since it was able to keep my interest throughout. The person reading the story worked well for the content.
This book is a spy thriller, since I don't usually read spy books I can't really compare it to another book.
I can't really recall a favorite scene.
The main character is totally unbelievable. The storyline is trite. Don't waste your time. There are better books.
Normally I listen to Audible books while I am doing mindless tasks like household chores or gardening. But I did have to stop what I was doing and just listen because I was so involved. The plot was easier to follow that way, although it is not a tricky plot, but everything moves quickly from the middle of the book to the end, so I wanted to make sure not to miss anything.
The narrator is excellent and added considerably to the drawing of the characters. The ending was less dramatic than I thought it should have been given the rest of the plot, but all in all, I thought it was a very good read.
This book was big on atmosphere, short on story. It was fun to read, but the plot was almost nonexistent.
I was disappointed.
I liked the scenes with the Nazis...super creepy.
No, too little plot
Furst is a good writer, especially in this genre.He knows how to create a mood; I can almost feel the cigarette butts crunching underfoot on a dank Parisian street. The plot was a little thin but good writing overcomes that deficiency
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