Been watching a BBC America adaptataion of Alan Furst's Spies of Warsaw
- pretty good, I thought, with plenty of dark shadows and tension, though hard to see David Tennant as anything but a Brit! People rave about Furst and I did try one of his novels a while ago (Mission to Paris
) but was disappointed - the characterization was very flat. Maybe it was an anomaly.
I thought they did a good job capturing the mood and atmosphere of Furst's espionage novels.
My mileage has varied with the later Furst books, especially with regard to the romantic sub-plots, but I still enjoy them for the pre-war atmosphere. Furst does such a good job with the climate of the times. The mood and atmosphere become almost a character in and of itself. He also uses crossover characters from the various intelligence agencies and resistance organizations in his novels, so it's fun to try to figure out whether you've met any of them in previous books. I think the first three were Furst's best: Night Soldiers
, Dark Star
and The Polish Officer
. Night Soldiers
is much larger in scope than the others, covering the years 1934 - 1945 from the PoV of a Soviet NKVD agent, and I think The Polish Officer
is the saddest.