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John Le Carré! John Le Carré (2005)
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. Walker & Company
In Le Carré's first masterpiece Alec Leamas, a British agent in early Cold War Berlin, is responsible for keeping the double agents under his care undercover and alive. When the East Germans start killing them, Leamas is sent deep into Communist territory to find out why. But nothing is quite what it seems. "The finest spy story ever written" (Graham Green). More...
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Graham Greene! Graham Greene (1991)
Our Man in Havana: An Entertainment. (First published in 1958) Penguin Classics
Mr. Wormold, a vacuum cleaner salesman in a city of power brokers becomes a spy to earn extra income. This crisply written novel will drag you down with unbearable tension, while at the same time make you giggle with its satirical parodies and absurd plot. A masterpiece! More...
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Stella Rimington! Stella Rimington (2010)
Dead Line (Kindle Edition) Kindle Edition
After working for 27 years in Britain's intelligence agency MI 5, Rimington knows what she is talking about. When she retired as Director General of the agency she started a series of credible espionage thrillers. Her fourth thriller is about a plot to disrupt a Middle East peace conference in Scotland. More...
Ken Follett! Ken Follett (2004)
Eye of the Needle. Harper Paperbacks
During World War II, The Needle, a ruthless German spy, a young Englishwoman and an investigator are linked together in a breathtaking tale of espionage. This superb thriller is one of the best spy novels ever written. More...
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Henning Mankell! Henning Mankell (2004)
The Dogs of Riga. Vintage
Kurt Wallander, the stoic Swedish detective is investigating the murders of two unidentified men washed up on the Swedish coast in an inflatable dinghy. It leads him into the dangerous underworld of government corruption characteristic of Soviet-style totalitarian regimes. Scandinavian police work at the aftermath of the Soviet Union collapse. More...
Eric Ambler! Eric Ambler (2001)
The Mask for Dimitrios / A Coffin for Dimitrios. (First published 1939) Vintage
Ambler's story of a mystery writer in Istanbul, who gets himself involved with the criminal and spy Dimitrios, is a true classic. Dimitrios' corpse has just been fished out of the Bosporus by the police. As the writer sets out to discover Dimitrios' past, someone is stalking him on his trail from Smyrna to Athens to Sofia. More...
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Frederick Forsyth! Frederick Forsyth (1999)
The Day of the Jackal. (Reprint Ed.) Langensch.-Hachette
First published in 1971, the Jackal created a new genre: realistic spy fiction. Forsyth didn't bother with fantasy espionage (a la James Bond), but depicted a brutal and nasty world of evildoers. The plot is about an attempt to murder General DeGaulle of France. Most reviewers consider the novel as the gold standard of spy fiction. More...
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Len Deighton! Len Deighton (1995)
The Ipcress File. HarperCollins
Cold war spy thriller that set the standards for the genre. Highly unusual, with a shrewd sense of humour. More...

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