I hesitate to call 'Mission to Paris' a spy thriller. It's more like a spy drama with some thriller tendencies. That's not to say I didn't like it, and it may even be a bit more realistic because of it.
Frederic Stahl is an American movie actor heading to Paris to make a movie for Paramount France. The problem is that it's the Summer of 1938 and there is a strong Nazi presence in the city. Adding to that is the fact that Frederic is originally from Vienna, but he wants nothing to do with the Nazis or anything they want. When he is invited to host a film festival in Berlin, he hesitates until the American embassy entices him to perform a small errand for them in Berlin with a Russian spy. One thing leads to another and suddenly the Germans are even more interested in this American actor.
I liked it because of the movie making stuff. Stahl comes across as a real Hollywood star of the era. His womanizing perhaps got tedious, but I suppose that's par for the course. I'm new to Furst and I liked the writing style, but it seems like earlier novels might be where to start at even though the novels aren't linked. It was enjoyable enough but perhaps not as suspenseful as you might think.
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