Alan Furst to Release a New Spy Thriller this November (with Details)

In a move that’s sure to have spy enthusiasts jumping for joy, iconic novelists Alan Furst has announced that he will be publishing an all-new thriller, titled Under Occupation, on November 26th, 2019. 

Furst, who last released a new book back in 2016 when A Hero of France hit store shelves, is widely considered as one of the best historical spy authors the genre has ever known. His impressive following of readers included the likes of Academy Award willing actor Tom Hanks, who once listed Furst as one of his favorite writers, saying I devoured (Midnight in Europe]. Mr. Furst never stops astounding me” in a recent “By the Book” podcast. His latest work, Under Occupation, will take readers back to 1942, and follows a group of heroic resistance fighters. See the plot details below. 


Under Occupation.jpgFrom the master of espionage and intrigue, this novel about heroic resistance fighters in 1942 occupied Paris is based on true events of Polish prisoners in Nazi Germany, who smuggled valuable intelligence to Paris and the resistance.

Occupied Paris in 1942, a dark, treacherous city now ruled by the German security services, where French resistance networks are working secretly to defeat Hitler. Just before he dies, a man being chased by the Gestapo hands off to Paul Ricard a strange looking drawing. It looks like a part for a military weapon; Ricard realizes it must be an important document smuggled out of Germany to aid the resistance. As Ricard is drawn deeper and deeper into the French resistance network, his increasingly dangerous assignments lead him to travel to Germany, and along the underground safe houses of the resistance–and to meet the mysterious and beautiful Leila, a professional spy.

Alan Furst has been called “one of the best contemporary writers” by David McCullough, and “the most talented espionage novelist of our generation” by Vince Flynn.



Alan Furst, widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel, is the author of A Hero of France, Midnight in Europe, Mission to Paris, and many other bestsellers. Born in New York, he lived for many years in Paris, and now lives on Long Island.

As far as 2019 titles go, Furst rounds out an impressive list of forthcoming thrillers, headlined by the likes of John le Carre (Agent Running in the Field), Joseph Kanon (The Accomplice), Robert Harris (The Second Sleep) and Daniel Silva (The New Girl). Though it won’t be available until November 26th, Under Occupation is currently available for pre-order here or anywhere else books are sold. 



Praised as “one of today’s finest book reviewers” by New York Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds, Ryan Steck (“The Godfather of the thriller genre” — Ben Coes) has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). Steck also works full-time as a freelance editor and pens a monthly thriller column for CrimeReads. For more information, be sure to follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.

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