The recipient of the 2012 Crime Writers Association's Cartier Diamond Dagger honor, this British author penned such popular thrillers as The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File, and The Devil's Alternative.
Before beginning his writing career, he studied at Spain's University of Granada and worked as a fighter pilot for the Royal Air Force. Later, he became a correspondent for both the BBC and Reuters.
His debut fiction work, The Day of the Jackal, received the Edgar Allan Poe Award and became a worldwide bestseller.
He grew up in Ashford, Kent, England, as the child of a fur coat merchant.
Christopher Walken starred in the 1980 film adaptation of Forsyth's 1974 work The Dogs of War.