By Alan Furst

September 1939. As Warsaw falls to Hitler’s Wehrmacht, Captain Alexander de Milja is recruited through the intelligence carrier of the Polish underground. His project: to move the nationwide gold reserve to safeguard, hidden on a refugee teach to Bucharest. Then, within the again alleys and black-market bistros of Paris, within the tenements of Warsaw, with partizan guerrillas within the frozen forests of the Ukraine, and at Calais Harbor in the course of an assault by means of British bombers, de Milja fights within the struggle of the shadows in a global with no principles, a global of hazard, treachery, and betrayal.

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R. out of Poland and push it back to the August ’39 borders. This will require diplomacy, patience, and perhaps divine intervention—Stalin cares for nothing but brute force. There will be claims for Ukrainian, Byelorussian, and Lithuanian sovereignty, the Jews will want restrictive laws repealed—it won’t ever be what it was before, but that’s maybe not such a bad thing as far as the people in this room are concerned. ” “No questions,” de Milja said. “Right now,” she continued, “we have two problems: the Polish people are in a state of mourning—how could the country be beaten so badly?

And then . . ” “My God, yes! ” The woman called Agata cleared her throat. “Yes, of course, you’re right. ” “Very poorly. ” “Not quite. ” “My father’s from Silesia, I spent time there when I was growing up. ” Colonel Broza turned over a page, read for a moment. “Vyborg recommends you,” he said. “I’m going to run the ZWZ intelligence service, I need somebody to handle special operations—to work with all the sections. You’ll report directly to me, but not too often. ” “Spend a little while with him.

He is a rock—” She called de Milja by a childhood pet name and the captain looked at his knees. He took a sheaf of zloty notes out of his pocket and laid it on the table. The maid gave him a wry look: How do I explain this? “Don’t talk about it. ” He had the woman turn out her oil lamp, they sat in the dark for a time, listening to the wind whine against the old brick, then he whispered good-bye and slid out the door into the night.

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