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Praise for Alan Furst and The Polish Officer

“Epic . . . [The] characters seem utterly affecting and true. The historical data seems absolutely convincing. There’s suspense galore and not a touch of abrasive melodrama. All this goes to put this novel head and shoulders above any other recent fiction of its kind.”

—ALAN CHEUSE, All Things Considered

“[Furst’s] depictions of wartime Europe have the richness and complexity of the fiction of John le Carré and Somerset Maugham. . . . With the authority of solid research and a true fascination for his material, Mr. Furst makes idealism, heroism, and sacrifice believable and real, and what he has written here is a first-rate popular entertainment, terrifically plotted, absorbing on every page, and thoroughly satisfying.”

—DAVID WALTON, The Dallas Morning News

The Polish Officer is the finest novel I’ve read in years, beautifully written, powerfully imagined, and riveting as pure story, yet so true to the historical facts and to the human realities of the tortured Europe of 1940–41

that it deserves to be regarded as an act of witness as well as an enthralling work of fiction. The book is a triumph with something to remember on every page: a thrilling event, a vivid character, a telling detail, a wise observation.”

—CHARLES MCCARRY, author of The Tears of Autumn

“Brilliantly imagined, vividly drawn, rich with incident and detail . . .

among the most exciting and satisfying adventure stories I know. The Polish Officer portrays ordinary men and women caught out on the sharp edge of military intelligence operations in wartime: the partisans, saboteurs, resistance fighters and idealistic volunteers risking their lives in causes that seem lost.”

—ROBERT CHATAIN, Chicago Tribune

“Furst’s scrupulous attention to spycraft and period detail . . . evokes the mood of conquered cities like Warsaw, Paris, and Barcelona. . . . Language this lovely vaults the categories we lazily constrain literature with.”


“The best spy novel I’ve read in years. Perhaps the reason is that it is so much more than a spy novel: it is a moving love story; it is full of carefully observed and utterly unromanticized tradecraft; and the reader will learn more about the actual business of intelligence from this novel than from nearly all other ‘spy novelists’ combined. This is a riveting ‘pure’

story, rich with character, wonderfully exact. The Polish Officer transcends the spy novel while delivering everything any fan of le Carré could ask for.”

—ROBIN WINKS, The Boston Globe

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“A splendid tale. The Polish Officer is a classic spy story replete with the moral ambiguities found in a world at war. I recommend it for its profound sense of history, its suspense and the quiet heroism of its characters.”

—CHARLES P. THOBAE, Houston Chronicle

“Alan Furst’s The Polish Officer . . . is one of the great novels of espionage.

. . . The real protagonist is Europe itself, which comes to stunning life in Furst’s brilliant prose.”

—MARK JOHNSON, San Jose Mercury News

“Some books you read. Others you live. They seep into your dreams and haunt your waking hours until eventually they seem the stuff of memory and experience. Such are the novels of Alan Furst, who uses the shadowy world of espionage to illuminate history and politics with a gripping im-mediacy. . . . The Polish Officer stands on its own, an atmospheric, intelligent novel of intrigue that is also a rousing historical novel.”


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Great book, nicely written and thank you BooksVooks for uploading

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