From the Publisher
Greece, 1940. Not sunny vacation Greece: northern Greece,
Macedonian Greece, Balkan Greece-the city of Salonika. In that
ancient port, with its wharves and warehouses, dark lanes and
Turkish mansions, brothels and tavernas, a tense political drama is
being played out. On the northern border, the Greek army has
blocked Mussolini's invasion, pushing his divisions back to
Albania-the first defeat suffered by the Nazis, who have conquered
most of Europe. But Adolf Hitler cannot tolerate such freedom; the
invasion is coming, it's only a matter of time, and the people of
Salonika can only watch and wait.
At the center of this drama is Costa Zannis, a senior police
official, head of an office that handles special "political" cases.
As war approaches, the spies begin to circle, from the Turkish
legation to the German secret service. There's a British travel
writer, a Bulgarian undertaker, and more. Costa Zannis must deal
with them all. And he is soon in the game, securing an escape
route-from Berlin to Salonika, and then to a tenuous safety in
Turkey, a route protected by German lawyers, Balkan detectives, and
Hungarian gangsters. And hunted by the Gestapo.
Meanwhile, as war threatens, the erotic life of the city grows
passionate. For Zannis, that means a British expatriate who owns
the local ballet academy, a woman from the dark side of Salonika
society, and the wife of a local shipping magnate.
Declared "an incomparable expert at his game" by The New York
Times, Alan Furst outdoes even his own finest novels in this
thrilling new book. With extraordinary authenticity, a superb cast
of characters, and heart-stopping tension as it moves from Salonika
to Paris to Berlin and back, Spies of the Balkans
is a stunning novel about a man who risks everything to right-in
many small ways-the world's evil.
About the Author
Alan Furst is widely recognized as the master of the historical spy
novel. Now translated into seventeen languages, he is the
bestselling author of Night Soldiers, Dark Star, The Polish
Officer, The World at Night, Red Gold, Kingdom of Shadows, Blood of
Victory, Dark Voyage, and The
Foreign Correspondent Born in New York, he now lives in
Paris and on Long Island.
Published: June 8, 2012
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1400066034
ISBN - 13: 9781400066032