Monday 4 April 2011

Spies of the Balkans

Finished April 1
Spies of the Balkans by Alan Furst, read by Daniel Gerroll
This story takes place in 1940 and early 1941, mostly in Greece. The main character here is Constantine "Costa" Zannis, who has a senior position in the police force in the port city of Salonika.
Greece fights back an Italian invasion coming from the north and pushed the Italian forces back to Albania. There is increasing pressure on the Balkans from the Germans, and Zannis begins to see signs of spies from a variety of countries. Zannis himself also becomes involved in facilitating an escape route from Germany to Turkey. As time goes on the danger escalates and Zannis finds that he has come to the notice of the Germans as well.
We see his personal life as well as the issues he deals with as a policeman, and this novel provides great plot and characters. For those who, like me, like novels set during the early twentieth century, this novel is a great read. There is danger, suspense, romance, and humour.

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