The Spies of Warsaw

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The Spies of Warsaw is a 2008 spy novel by Alan Furst about espionage involving the major nations shortly before World War II competing for influence and control over the future of Poland. The story starts in October 1937 and ends in May 1938, with a one paragraph description outlining the future of the two lead characters.


The book was adapted for television in 2013, with the title Spies of Warsaw, a co-production of TVP1, BBC Four, BBC America, and ARTE, and premiered in January in the United Kingdom and in April in the United States.[1] It starred David Tennant as the protagonist Colonel Jean-François Mercier and Janet Montgomery as his love interest Anna Skarbek.[2] The two-part drama received some positive reviews in the UK, especially for the script and acting,[3] although The Guardian described it as "pallid as much of the washed-out photography".[4] As in other Alan Furst novels, the fictional Parisian restaurant Brasserie Heininger serves as one of the settings for dialogue.[5]

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  1. ^ "Spies of Warsaw". BBC America. Archived from the original on 2013-12-24.
  2. ^ "Media Centre – David Tennant and Janet Montgomery star in The Spies of Warsaw". BBC. 4 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Spies of Warsaw, BBC Four, review". Daily Telegraph. 10 Jan 2013.
  4. ^ "TV review: Spies of Warsaw; The Food Inspectors". The Guardian. 9 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Lonely Spy in a Love Triangle". New York Times. 2 April 2013.

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