Paris, a winter night in 1938: a murder/suicide at a discreet lovers' hotel. But this is no romantic tragedy, it is the work of the OVRA, Mussolini's fascist secret police, and is meant to eliminate the editor of Liberazione, a clandestine emigre newspaper. Carlo Weisz, a foreign correspondent with the Reuters bureau, becomes the new editor.
Weisz is, at that moment, in Spain, reporting on the last campaign of the Spanish civil war. But as soon as he returns to Paris, he is pursued by the French Surete, by agents of the OVRA, and by officers of the British Secret Intelligence Service. In the desperate politics of Europe on the edge of war, a foreign correspondent is a pawn, worth surveillance or blackmail or murder.
The story of a secret war fought in elegant hotel bars and first-class railway cars, in the mountains of Spain and the back streets of Berlin, The Foreign Correspondent is Alan Furst at his absolute best, taut and powerful, enigmatic and romantic, with sharp, seductive writing that takes listeners through darkness and intrigue to a spectacular denouement.
©2006 Alan Furst; (P)2006 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved. Audioworks is an imprint of Simon and Schuster Audio Division, Simon and Schuster, Inc.
"Furst...excels at characterization....[He] presents a potent portrait of Europe on the eve of WWII." (Publishers Weekly)
"Furst serves another delicious helping of Paris suspended in a brief moment of time." (Booklist)
I think the abridgement of this book left something to be desired. I had to keep checking my ipod to make sure that I didn't somehow accidentally fast forward because so much seemed to be cut out that I would get lost and the plot would occur unnaturally fast.
I also didn't think the plot was engaging. I never cared about the characters or what they did. I never felt suspense, which you need for a book like this and the ending didn't wrap up any of the ends of the plot, but rather just left them hanging. What I thought this book was about, the war resistance, ended up just being background. In the beginning this felt like it was going to be an action book, but ended like a romance.
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