Books by Frederick Forsyth

Frederick Forsyth is the author of fourteen novels and short story collections, from 1971's The Day of the Jackal to 2003's Avenger. A former pilot and print and television reporter, he has had five movies made from his works, and a television miniseries.


THE OUTSIDER by Frederick Forsyth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Reading The Outsider is like listening to a grandfather recount his exploits in front of the fireplace: the narrative is occasionally long-winded and self-satisfied, but after living such an exciting life, Forsyth has earned his bragging rights."
Acclaimed thriller writer Forsyth (The Kill List, 2013, etc.) delivers a charming autobiography about his real-life adventures around the globe.Read full book review >
THE KILL LIST by Frederick Forsyth
Released: Aug. 10, 2013

"Inspired by an actual kill list, Forsyth's latest thriller is, like Day of the Jackal and The Odessa File, ready-made for the screen."
More than 40 years after he gave us the Jackal, Forsyth gives us the Preacher, a masked jihadi extremist whose videos are radicalizing Muslims in the U.S. and England into killing public officials, law enforcement officers and the like. Read full book review >
THE COBRA by Frederick Forsyth
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 17, 2010

"Forsyth still knows how to spring a surprise. Not his best work, but a taut, readable and swiftly moving tale well suited to the beach and airplane."
The master of the political thriller strikes again. Read full book review >
THE AFGHAN by Frederick Forsyth
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 22, 2006

"Gun-club porn—packed with stodgily accurate descriptions of weapons and acronymic slang. Hardly subtle, just bang-bang galore."
The Forsyth Formula, al-Qaeda version: A sort of post-9/11 apocalyptic western, this thriller pits White Guys against Black Turbans, the daring forces of freedom versus the jihadi doers of evil. Read full book review >
AVENGER by Frederick Forsyth
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 30, 2003

"The pages burn by, leaving a haze."
The great Forsythe of 1971's The Day of the Jackal returns (more recently, the polished tales of The Veteran, 2001), flourishing a well-researched thriller set on the world's bloodiest stages. Read full book review >
THE VETERAN by Frederick Forsyth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Big Pro shows his stuff. Boffo."
A short novel and four long stories, by veteran Forsyth (The Phantom of Manhattan, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
THE PHANTOM OF MANHATTAN by Frederick Forsyth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

The author of The Day of the Jackal (1971) and Icon (1996) steals more then a page from Gaston Leroux and Andrew Lloyd Webber to bring Erik, the Phantom of the Paris Opera, to America bearing his memories of Christine. Read full book review >

ICON by Frederick Forsyth
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 10, 1996

An American spy who has come in from the cold helps save turn- of-the-century Russia from its own worst self in an absorbingly resonant thriller from Forsyth (The Fist of God, 1994, etc.), who once again proves himself a master of the game of blending historical fact with fictive fancy. Read full book review >

THE FIST OF GOD by Frederick Forsyth
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 16, 1994

Readers who are intrigued by behind-the-scenes machinations of the Gulf War can eavesdrop on the major players as well as some fictional creations in this workmanlike thriller from the author of The Day of the Jackal (1971) and The Odessa File (1972). Read full book review >

THE DECEIVER by Frederick Forsyth
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

Forsyth's stalwart tribute to the spies who came in from the cold: four thriller-novellas featuring the intrigues of British superagent Sam McCready. Read full book review >


Forsyth's first novel in five years, and while it doesn't quite match the white-knuckle tensions of The Day of the Jackal or the baroque plottings of The Devil's Alternative, this big tale of global Realpolitik balancing on the kidnap of a US President's son is still a standout thriller—sophisticated, stingingly suspenseful, and grounded in the author's trademarked attention to authentic detail. Read full book review >