Red Gold: A Novel
"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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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
LibraryThing ReviewUser 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