Classic Spooks: DARK STAR by Alan Furst

Classic Spooks: DARK STAR by Alan Furst

DARK STAR

by Alan Furst

Houghton Mifflin; 417 pages; $22.95

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. All the treasured cinematic touches that convey a mood of incipient danger are present -- a dead Soviet agent in a waterfront brothel in Ostend, lonely footsteps muffled by the snow on a dark Berlin street, a worn leather satchel with a false bottom left in a Prague railway station. No, they do not make movies like that anymore. But in Dark...

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