Alan Furst (emeritus)

Alan is the author of nearly twenty books, including fourteen novels set in 1930s and early 1940s Europe that have earned him praise as one of America's finest writers of espionage thrillers.  

Alan, a native New Yorker, lived in Seattle and then Bainbridge Island in the 1970s and 1980s, working as a freelance writer and with the Seattle Arts Commission. He penned three comic mysteries (that he'd just as soon forget) and a couple of other books before departing the island in the late eighties to move to Paris to research his first espionage thriller, 1988's Night Soldiers.  

He's since written thirteen other spy novels in the same literary vein. As he told John Douglas Marshall, former Seattle Post-Intelligencer books editor and current Bainbridge resident, in 2001: "These are not pounding thrillers. These novels are written in the mode of Eric Ambler and Graham Greene. You don't look for action in their books either. My novels are about the European reality, not about chases. You want chases, get somebody else's books."  

Alan and his wife Karen make their home in Sag Harbor, Long Island, New York. For more about Alan and his work, go to