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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,956 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Furst Narrator: Daniel Gerroll Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Night Soldiers Series Release Date:
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Greece, 1940. In the port city of Salonika, with its wharves and brothels, dark alleys and Turkish mansions, a tense political drama is being played out. As Adolf Hitler plans to invade the Balkans, spies begin to circle—and Costa Zannis, a senior police official, must deal with them all. He is soon in the game, working to secure an escape route for fugitives from Nazi Berlin that is protected by German lawyers, Balkan detectives, and Hungarian gangsters—and hunted by the Gestapo. Meanwhile, as war threatens, the erotic life of the city grows passionate. For Zannis, that means a British expatriate who owns the local ballet academy, a woman from the dark side of Salonika society, and the wife of a shipping magnate.

With extraordinary historical detail and a superb cast of characters, Spies of the Balkans is a stunning novel about a man who risks everything to fight back against the world’s evil.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Unfolds like a vivid dream—One couldn’t ask for a more engrossing novel.” 

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Fans of Furst’s pitch-perfect mystery novels of Europe in World War II have savored Paris and Warsaw. They will delight in the changes of venue to Salonika and the Balkans.” 

    New York Post

  • “Sexy, episodic, and exciting—Furst is brilliant at choosing the right details that catch the brave, weary mood of life during wartime.” 


  • “[Furst] weaves a wonderfully complicated plot…This is a book, written for adults, to sit down and read in one gulp.”

    Daily Beast

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Bunny Maurer | 2/16/2014

    " The main character Costa Zannis is a horny guy. It's also highly improbable that one can fall in love as quickly as he did. The ending was flat; it was like someone tore out the ending pages. It just stopped. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eddie | 2/8/2014

    " Alan Furst has created another atmospheric WW11 novel. This one involves transporting Jews from Berlin to Salonika. Lots of tension is created by juxtaposing the escapees and the Nazis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anne Menendez | 1/27/2014

    " Great reading. A very appealing detective and a cast of interesting characters. Espionage in northern Greece during WW2. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Barbara Geffen | 1/27/2014

    " I really liked this Furst novel, especially the evocative settings and well drawn characters. It's still the same story, but, oh, he tells it so well. Every time, it is different, because the people don't know they are in over their heads; and the reader may think she knows how it will turn out, but is still sitting on the edge of her chair and holding her breath. See my review of Spies of Warsaw for my general views on Furst. "

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