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Alan Furst

USA flag (b.1941)

Alan Furst is an American author of historical spy novels set just prior to and during the Second World War.Furst lives in Sag Harbor, Long Island, but he considers himself a European by sensibility. Awarded a Fulbright teaching fellowship in 1969, Furst moved to Sommières, France, outside of Montpellier, and taught at the University of Montpellier. He later lived for many years in Paris, a city that he calls "the heart of civilization" and that figures significantly in all his novels.

Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Historical Mystery
Anthologies edited
Alan Furst recommends
Turnstone (2000)
(Faraday and Winter, book 1)
Graham Hurley
"Police procedural at its best. Tough, smart and too good to miss."
Wolf Among Wolves (2010)
Hans Fallada
"Fallada can be seen as a hero, a writer-hero who survived just long enough to strike back at his oppressors."
In Pursuit (2016)
Andrew Nagorski
"Andrew Nagorski has produced an important work-a well-written and revealing book about the darkest acts of World War ll."
District VIII (2017)
(Danube Blues, book 1)
Adam LeBor
"LeBor writes fiction with the scrupulous focus of the journalist...the world he creates is driven by the sharp edge of reality."
Three Hours in Paris (2020)
Cara Black
"Transcendently, seductively, irresistibly French."
Night in Tehran (2020)
Philip Kaplan
"This taut and fast-paced novel has a particularly compelling feature: Philip Kaplan, after a career in the State Department, brings to his book a sharp political and international sophistication--rare in thrillers, abundant in Night in Tehran."
Final Table (2021)
Dan Schorr
"Dan Schorr's Final Table is a top-class political thriller by a professional who knows the world he writes about. Authentic and moving, Final Table lays bare the highest level of international politics, and will not let go of the reader. Highly recommended."
The Torqued Man (2022)
Peter Mann
"Peter Mann's The Torqued Man is a damn good read."
Our American Friend (2022)
Anna Pitoniak
"Anna Pitoniak's Our American Friend is a smart, political thriller, sharply observed and well-written."

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