Author(s): Alan Furst
By 1939, thousands of Italian intellectuals, teachers and lawyers, journalists and scientists, had fled Mussolini's fascist government and found refuge in Paris. There, amidst the poverty and difficulty of emigre life, they joined the Italian resistance, founding an underground press that smuggled news and encouragement back to their lost homeland. In Paris, in the winter of 1939, a murder/suicide at a lovers' hotel hits the tabloid press. But this is not a romantic tragedy, it is the work of OVRA, Mussolini's fascist secret police, and meant to eliminate the editor of Liberazione, a clandestine newspaper published by Italian emigres. Carlo Weisz, who has fled from Trieste and found work as a foreign correspondent for the Reuters bureau, becomes the new editor. Weisz is, at that moment, in Spain, reporting on the tragic end of the Spanish civil war, but, as soon as he returns to Paris, he is pursued by the French Surete, by agents of 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 Foreign Correspondent is the story of Carlo Weisz and a handful of anti-fascists -- the army officer known as Colonel Ferrara, who fights for a lost cause in Spain, Arturo Salamone, the shrewd leader of a resistance group in Paris, and the woman who becomes the love of his Weisz's life, herself involved in a doomed resistance underground in Berlin, at the heart of Hitler's Nazi empire.
Alan Furst is internationally recognised as a thriller writer of first- class calibre Blood of Victory was a New York Times bestseller 'For connoisseurs of wartime thrillers, a new novel by Alan Furst has become a major publishing event' David Robson, Sunday Telegraph 'In the world of espionage thrillers, Alan Furst is in a class of his own' William Boyd 'How do people remain human when everyday life jumps from being maddeningly normal one moment to bringing death, separation, or danger the next? Furst has embraced that existential wrong-footing, and his skill in doing so is what makes him so pleasurable and rewarding to read' Michael Carlson, Spectator 'Jumps into the "good read" category, as ever with him' James Naughtie, Glasgow Herald
"There are writers who so capture the feel of a particular historical time and place that, once youve read them, its impossible to look back to the period without sensing their presence. Alan Furst, with his novels of wartime Europe, is one of those authors." -- Simon Shaw MAIL ON SUNDAY "enjoyably gripping tale of spies and skulduggery" -- Christina Koning TIMES
Alan Furst has lived for long periods in France, especially in Paris, and has travelled as a journalist in Eastern Europe and Russia. He has written extensively for Esquire and the International Herald Tribune.