Today, I finished reading an Alan Furst novel, Midnight in Europe. Furst is brilliant at setting the tone of pre-World War II Europe, a somber and fatalistic feel. In these novels, various people are pulled into spy work, working behind the scenes to try to counter Nazi activities, and even when they succeed, their work is too little and doesn't stop the inevitable war. It sounds morose, but the books are terrific. In this one, a Spanish lawyer, working for an international firm based in Paris is asked to help the Spanish Republican cause fighting the Franco regime. The book details his work in securing arms for the Republican Army, and the shadowy world in which he must travel to get the weaponry. As have been the other books, this book was very good.