Red Gold by Alan Furst Phoenix, $112 Atmosphere dominates Alan Furst's second novel featuring Jean Casson, a filmmaker who's recruited during the second world war to transfer guns and ammunition for the French Resistance. Set in Nazi-occupied Paris, the follow-up to The World at Night sees Casson trying to unify factions while proving himself by organising the arms shipment. Suspicions run high, favours need repaying and before Casson knows it he's buying weapons with money from Moscow. Fans of spy novels will enjoy Red Gold's nifty plotting and scene setting. And those who like their fiction steeped in history will appreciate Furst's knack for evoking time and place: you can almost smell the sweat mixed with Gauloises as Casson tries to avoid capture by the Gestapo. Newcomers to Furst's brand of espionage fiction will probably make comparisons to Graham Greene and John Le Carre. Closer examination shows he's in a class of his own.