The Spies of Warsaw: A Novel

By Alan Furst


War is coming to Europe. French and German intelligence operatives are locked in a life-and-death fight at the espionage battlefield. on the French embassy, in Warsaw, the recent army attaché, Colonel Jean-François Mercier, a embellished hero of the 1914 struggle, is drawn right into a global of abduction, betrayal, and intrigue within the diplomatic salons and again alleys of town. whilst, the good-looking aristocrat unearths himself in a passionate love affair with a Parisian lady of Polish history, a attorney for the League of countries. Risking his lifestyles, Colonel Mercier needs to paintings in the shadows, amid a unprecedented forged of venal characters, a few recognized to Mercier as spies, a few by no means to be published.

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Mercier drove a low shot to heart court docket; Claudine again backhand, a excessive lob. “Oh damn,” Princess Toni stated via clenched the teeth, working backward. Her sweeping forehand despatched the ball crusing over the fence at the a ways facet of the courtroom. “Sorry,” she stated to Mercier. “We’ll get it back,” Mercier stated. He spoke French, the language of the Polish aristocracy, and hence the Milanowek Tennis membership. “Forty–fifteen,” Claudine referred to as out, as a passing servant tossed the ball again over the fence. helping Mercier, her first attempt ticked the internet, the second one used to be in.

Yet they checked out me. They behaved, in a furtive demeanour. ” “I may doubt that German surveillance operatives will be furtive, Herr Uhl. maybe your mind's eye . . . misled you. ” “Well, possibly. yet probably now not. In any occasion, i believe I shouldn’t proceed our conferences. ” “Oh, let’s now not be scared off so simply. think me, if the Gestapo had any cause to suspect you, you wouldn’t be speaking to me at the cellphone. incidentally, you pointed out a Gestapo guy. How were you aware that? I presume he used to be in uniform. ” “He wasn’t.

He acknowledged, now not bothering to complete the concept. “Indeed. ” Mercier used to be in his place of work early the subsequent morning, laboring away at what he now referred to as, for his own use simply, Operation Halbach. This used to be challenging, however the pleasure of the chase drove him on, hour after hour, till noon, while a luncheon on the inn Bristol intervened, through an extended assembly, and cocktails with the Roumanians at six. Then, to make up for misplaced time, he took the file off to Sienna highway, the place he sat on the kitchen desk whereas Anna stroked his hair and seemed over his shoulder.

Sorry if I disturbed you. ” “Don’t be anxious. solid evening, Jean-François. ” there has been no assembly. the phone name used to be a signal—operations may well now start to take Russian spies out of Poland. 1:45 A. M. outdoor, the silence of a wintry weather evening, so chilly that frost plant life deepwhite the home windows of the research. Viktor Rozen, now it appears recovered, sat close to the fireplace, donning Mercier’s bathrobe, his heaviest sweater, and pairs of his socks. He warmed his arms round a tumbler of scorching tea laced with brandy, sipping it Russian-style, via a dice of sugar held among his tooth.

The red-faced guy broke loose, attempted to maintain his stability, misplaced it, and, as he fell, the parcel slid off his shoulder and landed at the sidewalk with a delicate thump. The red-faced guy, now scarlet, rose to a sitting place and reached inside of his jacket, yet a shout from the auto stopped him, and he scrambled to his ft because the coalman walked towards him. Then the passenger-side door flew open, the red-faced guy received in and, with a glance towards Mercier of natural and absolute hatred, slammed the door as, tires squealing, the Opel drove away.

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