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Mission to Paris by Alan Furst
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Jul 05, 12

really liked it
Read in July, 2012

Well-crafted tale of intrigue set among the cinema and jet set of Paris, just before the German invasion. This is a good old-fashioned spy novel - marvelous characters, intriguing situations and just the right amount of twists. This is not a high-energy Bourne franchise chase-a-thon.

The leading man is a dashing movie star, the leading lady is a retiring and quiet living emigre working as a costumer, the villains are the entire Nazi party, and the supporting cast is a rich and varied lot.

Mr. Furst is particularly skillful at rendering the atmosphere of the politically charged (and vastly unhappy) Parisienne citizenry, where even the architecture was either oppressive or demanding.

A few fairly detailed sex scenes make this probably not a book for the kids.

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