Review: Mission to Paris, by Alan Furst

Set in Paris in late 1938 and early 1939, this novel has the same ominous, foreboding tone as the nonfiction In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson. Furst’s main character is Hollywood leading man Fredric Stahl, originally from Austria but now making films for Warner Brothers in California. Stahl is in Paris because he was lent to Paramount France to make a swashbuckling French film. The German Reich Foreign Ministry has its eye on Stahl and tries to pressure him into participating in their campaign of political warfare against the French to weaken French morale and see eventual conquest by Germany as inevitable. Library Journal calls this author “a master of historical espionage” and compares him to Graham Greene and John Le Carre.

RATING: * * * * Very, very good

Reviewed by: kh

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