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by The New York Times,
"Furst?s writing has the seductive shimmer of an urbane black-and-white Hollywood classic."
"Furst writes about the years from 1938 to 1941 as if they were recurring characters, and over the course of five books, he has laid permanent claim to that period as his own....What Furst does so convincingly beyond the razor-sharp evocation of period and place is capture the moral ambiguity at the heart of the lapsed cynics who are his heroes."
by The Irish Times,
"Kingdom of Shadows is a masterpiece. Furst is here writing at the height of his powers, confident of his style, tone, and content."
"A great entertainer, Furst would probably be considered our finest practicing historical novelist if he weren't writing espionage novels. He's as good a historian as a novelist can afford to be....Driven by the missions and schemes of one central character more than by the events and institutions that dominate most espionage novels, Furst's books are full of shards of information, anecdotes, heartbreaking stories."
by The New Yorker,
"The sixth of Furst's wartime espionage novels is one of his best, offering a compelling mix of character study and historical fiction."
by Publishers Weekly (starred review),
"[Kingdom of Shadows] is more than just a cloak-and-dagger thrill ride; it is a time machine, transporting readers directly into the dread period just before Europe plunged into its great Wagnerian gotterdammerung. This is Furst's best book since The Polish Officer, and in it he proves himself once again a master of literary espionage."
by Walter Shapiro, Time,
"Imagine discovering an unscreened espionage thriller from the late 1930s, a classic black-and-white movie that captures the murky allegiances and moral ambiguity of Europe on the brink of war....Nothing can be like watching Casablanca for the first time, but Furst comes closer than anyone has in years."
In spymaster Alan Furst's most electrifying thriller to date, Hungarian aristocrat Nicholas Morath—a hugely charismatic hero—becomes embroiled in a daring and perilous effort to halt the Nazi war machine in eastern Europe.
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