Sunday, June 21, 2020

Six top World War II spy stories

At The Strand Magazine, Imogen Kealey (the pseudonym of American screenwriter Darby Kealey and British novelist Imogen Robertson) tagged six favorite World War II spy books, including:
Night Soldiers — Alan Furst

Echoing Imogen’s pick, I’m going with another one of Furst’s World War II novels. Impeccably researched and meticulously plotted, Night Soldiers spans vast lengths of time and distance to draw together a tale of intrigue, power, and the raw brutality of survival. Perhaps the most appealing aspect of Furst’s writing is the immaculate detail, the great care he takes with every description, every moment, every choice. In doing so, he really draws you into his world, fleshing out characters who are flawed and fascinating and altogether human. If you’re looking for a sweeping tale about the tragedies and triumphs of war, Night Soldiers is a great choice.
Read about another entry on the list.

Night Soldiers is among six books Joseph Kanon recommends and Dwyer Murphy's ten top spy thrillers featuring Russia versus the West.

--Marshal Zeringue