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By Alan Furst


War is coming to Europe. French and German intelligence operatives are locked in a life-and-death fight at the espionage battlefield. on the French embassy, in Warsaw, the hot army attaché, Colonel Jean-François Mercier, a embellished hero of the 1914 struggle, is drawn right into a global of abduction, betrayal, and intrigue within the diplomatic salons and again alleys of the town. even as, the good-looking aristocrat reveals himself in a passionate love affair with a Parisian girl of Polish history, a attorney for the League of countries. Risking his lifestyles, Colonel Mercier needs to paintings in the shadows, amid a rare solid of venal characters, a few recognized to Mercier as spies, a few by no means to be printed.

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Silence. “They’re frozen solid,” Jourdain had theorized. “Either that, or they’re struggling with over the bone. ” This was once all good and strong, Mercier notion, yet someplace down the line there will be a cellphone name or a letter and he must bid or fold his cards—he couldn’t go. but when 2, bis wasn’t in a rush, neither was once he. Anna stood on the window, observing the raindrops slide down the glass, her temper pensive. “I did pay attention anything disquieting,” she stated. “I bumped into the janitor’s spouse on the market—the janitor who works the place I used to live—and she acknowledged that Maxim have been taken away by means of a few type of civilian police, again, with an escort, to pack no matter what he may, and left. He informed her he was once being despatched again to Russia. ” “I’m sorry to listen to it,” Mercier stated. “It can’t be precise, I inform myself, that you simply had something to do with this. ” Mercier was once startled, yet didn’t convey it. It took just a couple of seconds for him to determine the series of occasions, starting with the Rozens’ defection. “I haven't any have to do such things,” he stated. “No, it’s unlike you,” she acknowledged slowly, as a lot to herself as to him. “It sounds as if he’s been deported. possibly he was once promoting information—to the incorrect humans, because it became out. ” “Maxim? A undercover agent? That’s what you’re asserting, isn’t it? ” “It wouldn’t be the 1st time. international newshounds will occasionally take funds, from, as I stated, the inaccurate humans. ” She left the window and sat in a simple chair. “I think he may have performed anything like that. He by no means had sufficient funds, felt he’d by no means reached his right position on the planet. He used to be wanting to be important—loved, respected—and he wasn’t. ” “What i will inform you is, if he’s been deported, he’s fortunate to not be in criminal. ” Anna nodded. “Still, i believe sorry for him,” she stated. Then, on reflection on the window, “Will this cease quickly, do you're thinking that? i wished to move for a stroll. ” “We can take the umbrella. ” “It’s now not very gigantic. ” “It will do. ” Mercier stood. “I imagine we left it through the door. ” The vernal equinox got here to Glogau besides, yet there, within the SD place of work above the toy store, it rained undesirable information. That morning, Sturmbannführer August Voss acquired a proper letter from his improved in Berlin. within the subsequent room, the lieutenants heard a prodigious oath and, faces stressful, appeared up from their paintings and stared at one another. What now? at the different aspect of the wall, Frogface Voss tore the letter into strips, then needed to piece them again jointly to ensure his eyes had no longer deceived him. They hadn’t. The awl had fallen; he used to be being transferred to Schweinfurt. Schweinfurt! What was once in Schweinfurt? not anything. A ballbearing manufacturing facility. Such an workplace could deal with inner concerns simply. A customer from Holland? stick with him! A grievance in regards to the govt, overheard in a tavern? Haul the traitor in! Filthy, foolish, neighborhood nonsense—Gestapo kingdom, the SD little greater than a spectator. And, to empty his cup of humiliation all the way down to the final depressing dreg, his leader lieutenant was once to be promoted and might supervise the Glogau place of work.

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