The Spies of Warsaw is the perfect spy thriller, and Alan Furst is the perfect writer of spy thrillers. One of the reasons his books are so satisfying is that he has had the intelligence to choose Europe on the verge of World War II as the setting for his stories. This means that there is no shortage of truly important events, fascinating characters, and dangerous situations.
The hero of the present story is a sympathetic French officer serving as military attache in Warsaw. He is one of those who have the sense to realize that the Maginot Line will not protect France against an assault from Germany and he carries out a suspenseful mission to prove it.
Furst has a remarkable ability to recreate the places and circumstances of the period and as a quote from the Guardian claims on the cover, he writes beautifully.