Red Gold: A Novel

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Random House, Dec 31, 1998 - Fiction - 258 pages
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"In the world of the espionage thriller, Alan Furst is in a class of his own."--William Boyd
Paris. Autumn, 1941. In a shabby hotel off the place Clichy, the course of the French resistance is about to change. German tanks are rolling toward Moscow. Stalin has issued a decree: all partisan operatives are to strike behind enemy lines--from Kiev to Brittany.
;;;;;;;; Set in the back streets of Paris and deep in occupied France, Red Gold moves with quiet and pervasive menace as predators from the dark edge of the war--arms dealers, lawyers, spies, and assassins--emerge from the shadows of the Parisian underworld.
;;;;;;;; In their midst is Jean Casson, once a producer of gangster films, now living on a few francs a day and hunted by the Gestapo. As the German occupation tightens, Casson is drawn into an ill-fated mission: running guns to combat units of the French Communist party. Their NKVD contact, a former Comintern operative named Weiss--his seventeenth name--begins to orchestrate a series of attacks against the Germans. Reprisals are brutal. Fear spreads through the city. At last the real resistance has begun.
;;;;;;;; Red Gold masterfully recreates the duplicitous world of the French resistance in the worst days of World War II.

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User Review  - JBreedlove - LibraryThing

Another suspenseful WWII spy novel from Furst. Not a lot of action but certainly a lot of suspense while describing the Paris life of Jean Casson, a reluctant patriot. Read full review

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User Review  - elenchus - LibraryThing

In Red Gold, Furst sketches an account of life among partisans, each skeptical if not outright suspicious of one another. It's soon clear the resistance is anything but monolithic: it's a nest of ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Often compared to Graham Greene and Eric Ambler, Alan Furst is a master of the spy thriller and one of the great war novelists of our time. He is the author of Night Soldiers, Dark Star, The Polish Officer, and The World at Night. He lives in Sag Harbor, New York.

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