Alan Furst's Latest Novel, Mission to Paris

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Spy novelist Alan Furst talks about his new book, Mission to Paris, and the art of writing spy thrillers. It is set in the late summer of 1938, when Europe is about to explode, and a Hollywood film star is on his way to Paris to make a movie. The Nazis have their eye on him, but they don’t know is that he’s part of an informal spy service being run out of the American embassy in Paris.


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Comments [6]


I was disappointed with surprising remarks made by the host -in a "by the way" mode- implying that most French people were happy with the Vichy regime and that French resistance was a really tiny minority. Before saying such blunders, the host might want to check his facts. I thought NPR made a point in providing its listeners with thought-through comments. When you go beyond your own geographies, you have to be very careful with what you say and if you do not know a subject well, then comment sparingly!

Jun. 12 2012 09:53 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Does your guest author think about the rise of Bolshevism in Russia, and to the extent that cause the Fascist and Nazi counterrevolutions in western Europe? Bolshevism came before Fascism and Nazism, and had already killed many millions even before Hitler came to power.

Jun. 12 2012 01:21 PM

Did a professional writer just say "they would have hung him"?? Boooo!

Jun. 12 2012 01:20 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Argentina and some other Latin American countries are full of people of Italian origin, so Earnest Borgnine would be very sympatico for them.

Jun. 12 2012 01:18 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Why write or read FICTION about the WWI era when there are so many REAL stories that still have not come to the fore? I never understand the purpose of fiction, when reality is so much stranger and frankly more interesting. At least to me.

Jun. 12 2012 01:16 PM
Steve from Englewood

Maybe I missed it, but isn't Cary Grant's accent considered a Mid-Atlantic accent?

Jun. 12 2012 01:12 PM

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