Pavel Coruţ (born June 17, 1949, Glăvăneștii Vechi, Iași) is a Romanian writer and former Securitate intelligence officer. He has written, among other things, about his experience as an intelligence and counterintelligence officer in Romania. His most popular books are Quinta spartā (Broken Quintet) and Fulgerul albastru ("Blue Lightning") of the best-selling Octogonul ("The Octagon") series. Coruţ worked as an intelligence officer until 1992, after which he became a writer. He has written 118 books so far (by the end of February 2007), including fantasy novels, life-guiding books and poetry. His books are usually considered "paraliterature" culled from "the abysses of protochronism".