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A Hero of France (Paperback)

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Alan Furst’s A Hero of France is a different kind book, a different scale so to speak. It takes place in 1941, before Pearl Harbor. It deals with a small group of people who are running an escape route for downed Allied fliers, and the German cop who is detailed to track down and stop this small unit of the Resistance.

The geography of the book is different, smaller. The action is quieter. It feels, altogether, more intimate. The characters are just as well drawn as in past books, his love scenes are still as erotic without being lurid, the tension is high, the moralities mixed, and the effectiveness of their efforts just as unclear. That’s one of the things I like most about his books – his characters are not professional soldiers but they put their best efforts into the battle, into defeating Fascism, yet the books end with us not really knowing if they’ve done much good. Seems to me the underlying theme of his books is to do what you can because we must, because it is the right thing to do, and because if everyone fights their little personal wars, the bastards will be defeated.

It’s like voting – one may not seem to do much, even to the point of “what’s the point?” but the more who join the battle the sooner the war will end.

Alan Furst – if you haven’t read him, do. You can jump in anywhere. Only a couple of books are connected with a main character and there is really no sequence to them. Some are before the war, some are early in the war. They’re beautifully written and stocked with wonderful, real people. A Hero of France, is the latest.

— JB


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - From the bestselling master espionage writer, hailed by Vince Flynn as "the best in the business," comes a riveting novel about the French Resistance in Nazi-occupied Paris.


1941. The City of Light is dark and silent at night. But in Paris and in the farmhouses, barns, and churches of the French countryside, small groups of ordinary men and women are determined to take down the occupying forces of Adolf Hitler. Mathieu, a leader of the French Resistance, leads one such cell, helping downed British airmen escape back to England.

Alan Furst's suspenseful, fast-paced thriller captures this dangerous time as no one ever has before. He brings Paris and occupied France to life, along with courageous citizens who outmaneuver collaborators, informers, blackmailers, and spies, risking everything to fulfill perilous clandestine missions. Aiding Mathieu as part of his covert network are Lisette, a seventeen-year-old student and courier; Max de Lyon, an arms dealer turned nightclub owner; Chantal, a woman of class and confidence; Daniel, a Jewish teacher fueled by revenge; Joelle, who falls in love with Mathieu; and Annemarie, a willful aristocrat with deep roots in France, and a desire to act.

As the German military police heighten surveillance, Mathieu and his team face a new threat, dispatched by the Reich to destroy them all.

Shot through with the author's trademark fine writing, breathtaking suspense, and intense scenes of seduction and passion, Alan Furst's A Hero of France is at once one of the finest novels written about the French Resistance and the most gripping novel yet by the living master of the spy thriller.

Praise for Alan Furst

"Furst never stops astounding me."--Tom Hanks

"Suspenseful and sophisticated . . . No espionage author, it seems, is better at summoning the shifting moods and emotional atmosphere of Europe before the start of World War II than Alan Furst."--The Wall Street Journal

"Though set in a specific place and time, Furst's books are like Chopin's nocturnes: timeless, transcendent, universal. One does not so much read them as fall under their spell."--Los Angeles Times

" Furst] remains at the top of his game."--The New York Times

"A grandmaster of the historical espionage genre."--The Boston Globe

About the Author

Alan Furst, widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel, is the author of Midnight in Europe, Mission to Paris, and many other bestsellers. Born in New York, he lived for many years in Paris, and now lives on Long Island.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780812986464
ISBN-10: 0812986466
Publisher: Random House Trade
Publication Date: February 28th, 2017
Pages: 256
Language: English