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Agents of Treachery Paperback – June 1, 2010
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Penzler is a prolific editor, and has won two Edgar Awards, for Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection in 1977 and The Lineup in 2010. The Mystery Writers of America awarded him the prestigious Ellery Queen Award in 1994 and the Raven--the group's highest non-writing award--in 2003.
Top Customer Reviews
Most striking for me is the difference between the Cold War tales and those that deal with the current threats of today. The Cold War activities seem almost quaint when compared with the direct, less subtle tradecraft used in an era of global terrorism. Lynds' story, Max is Calling, sums up the difference in this passage: "The days are over of putting on your tux for an embassy party every night to try to get buddy-buddy with some East Bloc official so you can convince him his ideology sucks and he should play on our team. Now you've got to infiltrate the tenements, the mud huts, the terrorist cells."
The standard is somewhat uneven. I thought a few of the stories were outstanding, some were just good and a few left me cold. I enjoyed the way that each one reflected the author's writing style and I look forward to exploring some of the authors whose work was previously unknown to me.
Stand-outs for me included Charles McCarry's account of an African dictator which was reminiscent of the film The Last King Of Scotland. The characters are so well developed that they really come alive. Joseph Finder writes a very accessible and clever story about a man who harbors suspicions about his next door neighbors. John Weisman writes about a CIA agent on the frontline in Iraq, working for a boss who values climbing the ladder ahead of retrieving hostages.
Lee Child's story was probably the biggest disappointment and I wondered if it was included for the value that his name adds to the collection rather than on its own merits.
Overall a mixed bag, but with some stand-outs that made it well worthwhile.
Even though each story has never before been published. Depending on when you are reading this review they may well have been published in something you have read.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Book arrived on time and has provided many hours of entertainment. The stories did not reply on special effects (like those infused in the Borne series). Read morePublished 11 months ago by moviefan
An uneven collection by writers who often show a lack of mastery of the short story genre. Perhaps it's just that espionage novels are usually highly complex and don't adapt well... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
This vendor is just exceptional. I purchase books frequently and have done so over a number of years. It was just a pleasure to purchase my latest book from them. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Galewind
An interesting collection of stories about spies and spying. Taking place (in the most part) in the post-Cold War world, these stories are well worth acquiring. Read morePublished on June 1, 2013 by James D. Crabtree
I only wish some of the stories were longer. Lee Child's example did not do him justice to his writing of the thrillers I so love.Published on January 10, 2013 by Susan Barry
in adition to an excellent selection of writers, these short stories are unputdownable, and I normally don't spend time reading short stories. Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by Armand Kruger, good news junkie
I purchased this book based off of Steinhauer's recommendations. I was surprised that most of the stories, expcept for Steinhauer's short story, were so simple and basic. Read morePublished on September 7, 2011 by ndowidar
Of the 14 stories in this collection, at least 10 were absolutely worth reading. The collection had a fine mix of modern and classic tales with stunning tone and plot details. Read morePublished on May 5, 2011 by LVT06