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The Spies of Warsaw by Alan Furst
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Jan 11, 2010

really liked it
Read in January, 2010

I read this book over the past few days. It is the first book I have read in 2010. I had never heard of this author before the book was recommended to me, but very much enjoyed him, and have ordered another Alan Furst novel. Briefly, the novel takes place in Poland and France in 1937. Colonel Mercier is a French military attache, newly assigned to Warsaw. He recruits a German spy an engages in his own spying and amorous activities in the lead-up to WWII. What makes this book so good is the attention to detail in describing pre-war Warsaw and Paris; also the characterization of Mercier, a relatively low-level yoeman spy, from a formerly aristocratic family, who is determined to do what he can to prevent war, but who suspects his government will do little with the intelligence he provides.

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