An American writer born in New York City and known for his spy fiction set in Europe before and during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Usually the plots are sinister and fraught with cynicism while at the same time being overlapped by grand descriptions of European culture. The usual theme is of a flawed character caught up in the epic struggle and doing his part. His work has earned him the Helmerich award in 2011.
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!!Works include:

* Night Soldiers (1988)
* Dark Star (1991)
* The Polish Officer (1995)
* The World at Night (1996)
* Red Gold (1999)
* Kingdom of Shadows (2000)
* Blood of Victory (2003)
* Dark Voyage (2004)
* The Foreign Correspondent (2006)
* The Spies of Warsaw (2008)
* Spies of the Balkans (2010)
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!!Tropes in Alan Furst novels:

* {{Antihero}}: The protagonist is usually this.
* BadassBookworm: Several characters
* BigBad: UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and UsefulNotes/JosefStalin
* TheChessmaster: His books are stuffed to the brim with them.
* CityOfSpies: Every city in Europe.
* DirtyCommunists: Furst's Communists are ''really'' creepy.
* EspionageTropes
* TheEmpire: Russia and Germany
* TheFederation: Britain and France
* EvilVersusEvil: DirtyCommunists and ThoseWackyNazis
* GambitPileup
* GayParee: Honestly, Furst seems to have a crush on Paris.
* GreyAndBlackMorality
* GovernmentInExile
* HeroicNeutral: Several of the characters start as this
* LaResistance: The good guys
* LittleHeroBigWar
* {{Ruritania}}: The best way to describe the little countries all about. A lot of them are Balkan or Eastern European countries ruled by petty GloriousLeader s of varying degrees of evilness but seldom really comparable to the {{Big Bad}}s.
* SecretPolice: the Gestapo and the NKVD
* TechnoBabble: Furst fans love his realistic tradecraft.
* ThoseWackyNazis
* YeGoodeOldeDays: Furst novels practically drip with nostalgia about Europe during the 1930s and 1940s.
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII
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