Mission To Paris by Alan Furst

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29 Critic Reviews

Mr. Furst is a master at conjuring European scenes and moods during World War II and the fraught years that preceded it.
-WSJ online

Synopsis

“A master spy novelist.”—The Wall Street Journal
 
“Page after page is dazzling.”—James Patterson
 
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
 
Late summer, 1938. Hollywood film star Fredric Stahl is on his way to Paris to make a movie. The Nazis know he’s coming—a secret bureau within the Reich has been waging political warfare against France, and for their purposes, Fredric Stahl is a perfect agent of influence. What they don’t know is that Stahl, horrified by the Nazi war on Jews and intellectuals, has become part of an informal spy service run out of the American embassy. Mission to Paris is filled with heart-stopping tension, beautifully drawn scenes of romance, and extraordinarily alive characters: foreign assassins; a glamorous Russian actress-turned-spy; and the women in Stahl’s life. At the center of the novel is the city of Paris—its bistros, hotels grand and anonymous, and the Parisians, living every night as though it were their last. Alan Furst brings to life both a dark time in history and the passion of the human hearts that fought to survive it.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Alan Furst's Midnight in Europe.
 
Praise for Mission to Paris
 
“The most talented espionage novelist of our generation.”—Vince Flynn
 
“Vividly re-creates the excitement and growing gloom of the City of Light in 1938–39 . . . It doesn’t get more action-packed and grippingly atmospheric than this.”—The Boston Globe

“One of [Furst’s] best . . . This is the romantic Paris to make a tourist weep. . . . In Furst’s densely populated books, hundreds of minor characters—clerks, chauffeurs, soldiers, whores—all whirl around his heroes in perfect focus for a page or two, then dot by dot, face by face, they vanish, leaving a heartbreaking sense of the vast Homeric epic that was World War II and the smallness of almost every life that was caught up in it.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
“A book no reader will put down until the final page . . . Critics compare [Alan] Furst to Graham Greene and John le Carré [as] a master of historical espionage.”—Library Journal (starred review)
 
“Alan Furst’s writing reminds me of a swim in perfect water on a perfect day, fluid and exquisite. One wants the feeling to go on forever, the book to never end. . . . Furst is one of the finest spy novelists working today.”—Publishers Weekly
 

About Alan Furst

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Alan Furst is widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel. Now translated into eighteen languages, he is the author of Night Soldiers, Dark Star, The Polish Officer, The World at Night, Red Gold, Kingdom of Shadows, Blood of Victory, Dark Voyage, The Foreign Correspondent, The Spies of Warsaw, Spies of the Balkans, and Mission to Paris. Born in New York, he lived for many years in Paris, and now lives on Long Island.
 
Published June 12, 2012 by Random House. 266 pages
Genres: Other, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, History, Literature & Fiction, War, Horror. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Mission To Paris
All: 29 | Positive: 23 | Negative: 6

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jun 01 2012

readers will care about all the characters, whether wanting them to survive or die.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by MAX BYRD on Jun 22 2012

The brilliant historical flourishes seem to create — or recreate — a world. Because they take place in a desperate time, his plots dig down to human essentials: money, shelter...

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Jun 03 2012

“Mission to Paris” is the rare Furst book that includes a map but doesn’t really need one.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by John O'Connell on Jun 08 2012

While it continues this trend, Mission to Paris is as intricate and enjoyable as anything Furst has written.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Apr 30 2012

Furst is one of the finest spy novelists working today, and, from boudoir to the beach, Mission to Paris is perfect summer reading

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WSJ online

Excellent
Reviewed by Tom Nolan on Jun 08 2012

Mr. Furst is a master at conjuring European scenes and moods during World War II and the fraught years that preceded it.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Jeffrey Katz on Jun 12 2012

Furst's writing pulls you along throughout, and always with a sense of mystery.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Harvey Freedenberg on Aug 02 2012

Furst employs a crisp, uncluttered prose style to maintain the tension of the story up to almost the final page

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Washington Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Muriel Dobbin on Jun 21 2012

Alan Furst is a seamless espionage writer who moves with subtle control through scenes of mounting drama as Paris waits for the ax to fall in 1938.

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The Washington Post

Below average
Reviewed by Maureen Corrigan on Jun 10 2012

It’s as though Furst came up with crackerjack ideas for kidnappings and murders and then got drowsy as he was writing those scenes.

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The Independent

Excellent
Reviewed by Sean O'Brien on Jul 07 2012

Mission to Paris, the 12th novel in the series, contains some of Furst's best writing to date.

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Huffington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Jesse Kornbluth on Jun 18 2012

although these novels are about Europe in the years before World War II, they're also exquisite little morality plays about right now, right here.

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The Boston Globe

Excellent
Reviewed by Chuck Leddy on Jun 12 2012

Furst writes with his characteristic clarity and grace; he moves the plot along at a brisk, satisfying pace that will have readers turning pages deep into the night

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San Francisco Chronicle

Below average
Reviewed by Martin Rubin on Jul 25 2012

Yes, Furst gets the big things right, but the small missteps grate. What he gives us here is, to quote the hoary British pharmacological phrase, "the mixture as before."

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Oregon Live

Below average
Reviewed by Jeff Baker on Jul 07 2012

Some of the action scenes lack Furst's customary zip, and the suspense level rarely rises above "a vague sense of foreboding,"

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Deseret News

Below average
Reviewed by Cody Carlson on Jul 12 2012

this is a far cry from an action-packed Indiana Jones adventure.

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The Roanoke Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Jeff DeBell on Jul 08 2012

The author’s deft evocation of time and place, justly praised in his earlier novels, is again much in evidence.

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Austin Chronicle

Excellent
Reviewed by Kimberley Jones on Jun 15 2012

Furst spangles his book with a sprawling cast of characters...and Furst draws these character exceptionally well via dialogue.

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Richmond Times-Dispatch

Excellent
Reviewed by Doug Childers on Jun 24 2012

"Mission to Paris" is a pitch-perfect example of how entrancing a novel built almost entirely out of fear and anticipation can be.

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The Hollywood Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Kelly Payton on Jun 28 2012

Mission to Parisis vintage Furst, vividly recreating pre-war Europe and livening up the novel with cast of secondary characters that includes Hungarian royalty, a beautiful Soviet spy and cruel Nazi assassins.

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Lehigh Valley Live

Excellent
Reviewed by Associated Press on Jul 16 2012

He also unspools Stahl's titular “Mission” with the pacing and suspense you'd expect from one of the very best

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Baltimore Brew

Excellent
Reviewed by Doug Birch on Jun 04 2012

First and foremost, he serves up guilty pleasures – exotic locales, delicious foods, beautiful women, diabolical Nazis ¬– with characteristic gusto.

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The Mystery Reader

Good
Reviewed by Thea Davis

The writing in many places is almost poetic...The characters chosen to deliver these messages do so artfully, with credible dialogue and realistic situations

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Everyday eBook

Good
Reviewed by Tom Nevins on Jun 14 2012

there is plenty of intrigue, parties, pistols with silencers, thugs, and pretty women...And this is all done with an elegant style that goes down like a smooth cocktail.

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Fantasy Book Critic

Good
Reviewed by Liviu Suciu on Jun 14 2012

Mission to Paris...is vintage Furst and among his best work in the series

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Swamp of Boredom

Below average
Reviewed by Melissa on Sep 20 2012

There is an excellent book lost somewhere in Mission to Paris, but Furst did not find it.

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Fantasy Book Critic

Good
Reviewed by Liviu Suciu on Jun 14 2012

The loving descriptions of Paris and its high life in which Frederic is soon co-opted is definitely part of the attraction, but the novel also moves to Berlin, North Africa and even Hungary and Romania, so we cover quite a lot of territory physically too.

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The Poisoned Pen

Good
Reviewed by Judith Starkston on Jul 23 2012

Furst has avoided all the spy clichés and created a believable character

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Grumpy Old Bookman

Below average
Reviewed by Michael Allen on Sep 18 2012

Well, once again, it may be just me, but I thought this one was disappointing. It is a feature of Furst's work that it is (for me) patchy.

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