Alan Furst takes us to Paris in 1938 - it is a tense time politically and war has already started in Spain where Franco's Nationalists are locked in civil war with the Republicans. Our main character is Cristian Ferrar, a Spanish lawyer who is based in Paris, and as a result of his work he has connections with influential people. He has a political leaning towards Republican Spain and is approached by a clandestine agency to assist in the supply of weapons and armaments to the Republic. Ferrar agrees to help which will put his life in jeopardy, becoming involved with arms traders, gangsters and a man hunted by the Gestapo - Max de Lyon. Ferrar also has an eye for beautiful women and has a liaison with the Marquesa Cristina who is a Spanish national spy.
I enjoyed this fast moving book that takes the reader from Paris to Poland and then to Odessa on the Black Sea. Furst has mixed the thrill of danger, night clubs and sexuality very well incorporating good characters that are well remembered. A very well written book which is difficult to put down with plenty for reading groups to discuss.