Midnight in Europe by Alan Furst

Midnight in Europe
Alan Furst
New American Library
March /2015
ISBN: 9780812981834

Alan Furst, Portrait

Photo courtesy of Ranier Hosch

Audio interview Audio Interview With the Author

 Audio Length: 15 minutes



“Furst never stops astounding me. I think I know where his books are going to take me—where the settings will be and what the characters will face—but I am always wrong and happily so.”

—Tom Hanks

With each new novel, Alan Furst, whom the late Vince Flynn has called “the most talented espionage novelist of our generation,” grows both in audience and in scope.  His stories set in pre-World War II Europe have been described as “John Le Carre by way of Proust, with a streak of W.G. Sebald’s elegiac musings.” A popular interview, Furst has appeared on Late Night with Craig Ferguson, Charlie Rose (twice), NPR, numerous local morning television shows, and he has been profiled in Time Magazine, The New York Times and newspapers across the country.  Absolut Vodka featured him in a print ad campaign and Vanity Fair (UK edition) included him in a feature on today’s best spy novelists. Alan counts Tom Hanks, Madeline Albright, David Patterson, and George Will among his fans. 

In this Authorlink AUDIO interview, Alan talks about his “dreadful” early works and how he broke through to find a new passion for his work. He also talks about his writing schedule and his next book.


Alan Furst’s latest, the New York Times Bestseller MIDNIGHT IN EUROPE, opens in New York City and takes us from white-shoe New York law firms to shady Paris nightclubs, from brothels in Istanbul to the dockyards of Poland. As the shadow of war darkens Europe, democratic forces on the continent struggle against fascism and communism.  Cristián Ferrar, a brilliant and handsome Spanish émigré, is a lawyer in the Paris office of a prestigious international law firm, juggling his time between Paris and New York and happy to be far from the troubles in his native Spain. But when he is approached to aid those supplying the beleaguered Army of the Republic with weapons, he risks his life in defense of a free Europe – not out of idealism, but of out of the realization that history affords him no other choice. 

Joining Ferrar in this mission is a group of unlikely men and women. Across the continent, Ferrar and his allies battle the secret agents of Hitler and Franco. And what allies they are: there’s Max de Lyon, a former arms merchant now hunted by the Gestapo; the Marquesa Maria Cristina, a beautiful aristocrat with a taste for danger; and the Macedonian Stavros, who grew up “fighting Bulgarian bandits. After that, being a gangster was easy.” Then there is Eileen Moore, the American woman Ferrar could never forget. 


 “Mr. Furst, who has by now approached that era and the dread preceding it from so many different cultural and geographical perspectives, remains at the top of his game. This is another fine addition to his elegant, gripping, interwoven set of novels that will someday form a kaleidoscopic map of European powers forced into desperate alliances as they fight for their lives. Mr. Furst has long since carved out this turf and made it his own. . . . Mr. Furst tells galloping good stories, and Midnight in Europe is one of them.” Janet Maslin, The New York Times

 “[Furst’s] talent equals his ambition. . . . In 2001, after devouring Furst’s Kingdom of Shadows, I urged readers to seek out all of this man’s books. I’ll repeat that advice today. If you know his re­markable body of work and savor the elegance of his prose, you’ll need no encouragement. If not, Midnight in Europe is a good starting point. In today’s spy fiction, he’s simply the best.”

—The Washington Post

 “Suspenseful and sophisticated . . . No espionage author, it seems, is better at summoning the shifting moods and emotional atmo­sphere of Europe before the start of World War II than Alan Furst. . . . Part of the allure of this exciting and moving novel is the way in which it shows Ferrar and other citizens persisting in their usual activities in the face of extraordinary circumstances.”

—The Wall Street Journal

 “With Midnight in Europe, Alan Furst delivers an observant, sexy, and thrilling tale set in the outskirts of World War II, when Europe grew dark and ordinary men and women found themselves compelled to fight for righteous principles. In Furst’s hands, Paris once again comes alive with intrigue, sex, and champagne.” —Erik Larson


“Furst remains one of the top dogs of spy fiction, right up there with John le Carré, Charles McCarry and others.” The Seattle Times



ALAN FURST is widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel. Now translated into eighteen languages, he is the author of Night Soldiers, Dark Star, The Polish Officer, The World at Night, Red Gold, Kingdom of Shadows, Blood of Victory, Dark Voyage, The Foreign Correspondent, The Spies of Warsaw, Spies of the Balkans, and Mission to Paris. Born in New York, he lived for many years in Paris, and now lives on Long Island.


MIDNIGHT IN EUROPE * Alan Furst * On Sale: March 17, 2015 * $16.00

ISBN: 9780812981834 / eBook ISBN: 9780679604235