fifteen of the best spy novels

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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
1.  Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré
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  "Possibly the best spy novel written in the 20th century."
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The Thirty-Nine Steps (Oxford World's Classics)
2.  The Thirty-Nine Steps (Oxford World's Classics) by John Buchan
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  "The best early spy novel that defined the genre."
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Hopscotch (Otto Penzler Presents...)
3.  Hopscotch (Otto Penzler Presents...) by Brian Wynne Garfield
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  "An extraordinarily good spy novel that was made into a great movie."
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From Russia with Love (James Bond Novels)
4.  From Russia with Love (James Bond Novels) by Ian Fleming
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  "Though not Fleming's first,this is his best."
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Six Days of the Condor
5.  Six Days of the Condor by James Grady
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  "Better known from the movie title,Three Days of the Condor,the book is excellent."
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The Company: A Novel of the CIA
6.  The Company: A Novel of the CIA by Robert Littell
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  "The history of the CIA as a novel."
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Death of a Citizen
7.  Death of a Citizen by Donald Hamilton
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  "Matt Helm(not Dean Martin)was America's James Bond.Good luck finding a copy of this book."
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Casino Royale (James Bond Novels)
8.  Casino Royale (James Bond Novels) by Ian Fleming
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  "The reintroduction of the spy novel in the 1950s."
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The Brotherhood of the Rose
9.  The Brotherhood of the Rose by David Morrell
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  "This ,in my opinion,is the author's best novel and I like almost all of his other novels."
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The Eagle Has Landed (Liam Devlin)
10.  The Eagle Has Landed (Liam Devlin) by Jack Higgins
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  "Very good World War 2 spy fiction."
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The Peregrine Spy
11.  The Peregrine Spy by Edmund P. Murray
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  "More history disguised as a spy novel.A very good book."
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The Day of the Jackal
12.  The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
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  "A top notch  thriller."
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The Intelligencer
13.  The Intelligencer by Leslie Silbert
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  "A good spy novel that also gives the reader a bit of 16th century history"
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The Hunt for Red October
14.  The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
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  "The first, and with the exception of the next title,the only book by this author that is worth reading."
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Without Remorse (Jack Ryan)
15.  Without Remorse (Jack Ryan) by Tom Clancy
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  "This book stands well above this author's usual mediocre fare."
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