Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 11:01AM
Drew Wolfe

Mission To Paris by Alan Furst

I always look forward to Alan Furst's new novel, but Mission To Paris was a disappointment. With this twelth novel in his Night Soldiers series he has stayed with his formula producing an interesting novel that has no merit. I hope Alan Furst becomes more daring and branches out to something more involved and exciting.

Mission to Paris follows an Austrian-born Hollywood film star named Fredric Stahl. Stahl has come to Paris at the behest of Jack Warner to star on loan to Paramount Pictures in a war movie. As production on the film slowly begins, Stahl becomes increasingly attracted to the German emigre seamstress who creates the costumes for the movie, and soon finds himself starring in his own private love story. Meanwhile, the anti-Nazi Stahl finds himself targeted by Nazi operatives intent on enmeshing him in their propaganda machine. As the action unfolds, the two story lines intersect, endangering both Stahl and his lover.


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