Books by Alan Furst

Alan Furst was born and raised in Manhattan. He lived in the South of France—as a Fulbright Teaching fellow at the Faculte des Lettres at the University of Montpellier, then in Seattle, where he worked for the City of Seattle Arts Commission. . He wrote f


MISSION TO PARIS by Alan Furst
THRILLERS
Released: June 12, 2012

"The novel recalls a time when black and white applied to both movies and moral choices. It's a tale with wide appeal."
A historical spy novel that takes the reader back to the 1930s, when Europe hurtled toward the abyss. Read full book review >
SPIES OF THE BALKANS by Alan Furst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2010

"There's a scattershot quality to this Balkan imbroglio that leaves it a few notches below Furst's best work. "
As the Nazi invasion threat looms in Greece, a detective undertakes various secret missions in this latest from the master of European spy fiction. Read full book review >
THE SPIES OF WARSAW by Alan Furst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 2008

"Furst (The Foreign Correspondent, 2006, etc.) cuts back a bit on the usual tension, but there is all of the wonderfully wistful late-'30s atmosphere that is his specialty."
As the Nazis openly plan an invasion, France's military attaché in Warsaw does a little spying, eats good meals, travels a bit and spends time in pleasant surroundings with a lovely lawyer for the League of Nations. Read full book review >
THE FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT by Alan Furst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2006

"Who knows why this stuff is so deeply satisfying? But it most surely is."
An Italian journalist joins forces with fellow expatriates in Paris to subvert the Fascist government at home, while he sinks into love with a German aristocrat. Read full book review >
DARK VOYAGE by Alan Furst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 10, 2004

"Realistic but still grand: a gripping odyssey of ordinary men in extraordinary times."
Back to WWII again, with another reluctant civilian pressed into service against the Nazis—but the tale is far from old hat. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF SPIES by Alan Furst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2003

"Twelve expertly chosen tales of secret operatives: shadowy and elusive, cunningly written and thrillingly fraught with peril."
A master of the form culls from the cream of the cloak-and-dagger crop. Read full book review >
BLOOD OF VICTORY by Alan Furst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2002

"Furst will never get a Pulitzer (he's much too readable), but he has got his own Absolut ad. Drink up."
To the intense pleasure of his rabid admirers, the master of the dark-little-between-the-wars thriller returns with another very, very good one. Read full book review >
KINGDOM OF SHADOWS by Alan Furst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2001

"Furst's narrative, like its hero, lingers so long at the café table that a great deal of the suspense lies in hoping that suspense will arrive. Fortunately, the action scenes are fresh, brutal, and well worth the wait."
Furst (Red Gold, 1999, etc.) returns to a bygone Paris and its perversely menacing environs, this time spotlighting a gallant, impeccably suave Hungarian who abruptly leaves the City of Light's parks and cafés on daring missions of intrigue. Read full book review >
RED GOLD by Alan Furst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1999

"Witty, inventive, distinctively French film-noir espionage, told with the terse brutality and jaundiced romanticism of Chandler and Hammett at their peak."
More masterful, richly atmospheric WWII spy fiction sends Furst's despairing, dissolute, but delightfully resourceful film producer Jean Casson on yet another existential errand among the fiends and fanatics of the French Resistance. Read full book review >
THE WORLD AT NIGHT by Alan Furst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"Nobody does it better."
 The throes of masculine existential torment are an unquestionable specialty for Furst (The Polish Officer, 1995), whose WW II fiction combines so much broad historical erudition with such genuine humanity that they ought to be made required reading. Read full book review >
THE POLISH OFFICER by Alan Furst
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"A truly splendid novel of the wartime experience."
 Furst (Dark Star, 1991, etc.) has shown that he can produce an espionage tale that sloughs off the coil of genre. Read full book review >