Dark Star: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 10, 2008 - Fiction - 464 pages
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Paris, Moscow, Berlin, and Prague, 1937. In the back alleys of nighttime Europe, war is already under way. André Szara, survivor of the Polish pogroms and the Russian civil wars and a foreign correspondent for Pravda, is co-opted by the NKVD, the Soviet secret intelligence service, and becomes a full-time spymaster in Paris. As deputy director of a Paris network, Szara finds his own star rising when he recruits an agent in Berlin who can supply crucial information. Dark Star captures not only the intrigue and danger of clandestine life but the day-to-day reality of what Soviet operatives call special work.

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Review: Dark Star (Night Soldiers #2)

User Review  - Frank McAdam - Goodreads

This is one of Furst's earlier novels, and it's clear he was still learning his trade. The biggest problem is overwriting. Furst did an enormous amount of research, and he wants to make sure the ... Read full review

Review: Dark Star (Night Soldiers #2)

User Review  - George Henry - Goodreads

I looked forward to reading my first Alan Furst novel and found myself disappointed. I hoped for a thriller and Dark Star turned out to be a disappointment in that regard. It wasn't thrilling and didn ... Read full review

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Furst received a B.A. from Oberlin College in 1962 and an M.A. from Penn State in 1967. Before becoming a full-time novelist, Furst worked in advertising and wrote magazine articles, most notably for Esquire, and as a columnist for the International Herald Tribune His early novels (1976-1983) achieved limited success. However, the 1988 publication of Night Soldiers inspired by a 1984 trip to Eastern Europe on assignment for Esquire revitalized his career. It was the first of his highly original novels about espionage in Europe before and during the Second World War. Born in New York on February 20, 1941, he lived for long periods in France, especially Paris where he was awarded a Fulbright teaching fellowship. In 2011, the Tulsa Library Trust in Tulsa, Oklahoma selected Furst to receive its Helmerich Award, a literary prize given annually to honor a distinguished author's body of work He also made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2012 with his title The Mission to Paris .

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