FCT: Spies of the Balkans - Alan Furst

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Spies of the Balkans (Night Soldiers #11) by Alan Furst

In the ancient port of Salonika, with its wharves and warehouses, dark lanes and Turkish mansions, brothels and tavernas, a tense political drama is being played out—and at the center of this drama is Costa Zannis, a senior police official, head of an office that handles special “political” cases. This is a stunning novel about a man who risks everything to right—in many small ways—the world’s evil.

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 First the premise intrigued me, then I read a little and was quickly captivated the Furst’s writing. I’ve become a fan of early twentieth century greek through the poetry of Cavafy, and to see a criminal shadow of that world here was very satisfying.

Despite Michael’s lackluster review, calling this a “a formulaic pattern that takes few risks and delivers few surprises,” this will be my first Furst and I think I’ll enjoy it a lot. Please note that this is book 11 in a loosely connected series called ‘Night Soldiers.’

Verdict: own, to-be-read

Pages: 290
Year: June 15th 2010
Publisher: Random House