The Foreign Correspondent

by

Author: Furst, Alan

Title: The Foreign Correspondent

Genre: Thriller

Publication Date: 2006

Number of Pages: 273

Geographical Setting: Spain, France, Italy, Germany

Time Period: 1938, pre-World War II

Series: N/A

Plot Summary:

When Bottini, editor for the Italian Resistance newspaper, the Liberazione, is murdered in his lover’s arms, a group of Italian ex-patriots must find a new editor to continue their anti-fascist cause. The group selects Carlo Weisz, foreign correspondent for the Rueters News Agency. But, in a European landscape gripped by fear, Carlo Weisz finds himself “volunteered” by British Intelligence agents to write propaganda filled novel about an anti-fascist freedom fighter’s heroic exploits in Spain. Now in a world where communists, Nazis, spies, traitors, assassins, and a global war could be just around the corner, Weisz must balance his job at the paper, his work at the Liberazione, his novel about the anti-fascist hero, and his love affairs before they all comes crashing down around him. Then, when the reader thinks that Weisz cannot keep his grip on it all, he is forced to sneak into Mussolini’s fascist Italy to save the love of his life, to save his beloved country, and to save himself.

Subject Headings: Journalists, Spy, Mussolini Benito, Italy-Resistance, France, Paris, Underground newspapers, Fiction, Fascism, Italy-History-20th century-Fiction, Europe-History-1918-1945-Fiction, Italy-Politics and government-1914-1945-Fiction, World War II-historical fiction.

Appeal:

Unhurried, engrossing, detailed characterization, action oriented, detailed setting, historical details, strong main characters, political, gritty, hard edged, suspenseful, character driven, dramatic, thrilling.

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