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Best Spy book you ever read was????

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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2012 9:57:29 AM PST
S. mashburn says:
Charm School was a great book, anything by Demille is good. Charm School was the best I think.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2012 4:58:02 PM PST
Mike Big says:
This has to be the most frustrating book I have ever tried to get into. Please let me know what is happening as I stopped reading about 30% of the way through the book. What am I missing? Thanks for the help.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2012 6:27:08 AM PST
Alan Furst - The first one I thought of as well. But I'd put the George Smiley books by Le Carre up there with Furst.

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 7:14:07 AM PST
I am a sorry but you have to go back to the originals: Ian Fleming - Goldfinger in the original paperback and Len Deighton _ Ipcress File and Funeral in Berlin, and also two of the best spy films with Michael Caine.

Best movie adaptation of a spy book was Alec Guiness in Tinker Tailor and Smiley's People (BBC)


Posted on Dec 16, 2012 9:24:44 AM PST
Granny07480 says:
My late husband gave me A Coffin for Demetrios 40 years ago - great then, great now. But I think I'll check out The Charm School - sounds good.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 12:42:00 PM PST
The Day of the Jackel by Forsythe was the first spy/thriller novel I ever read and it's still my favorite. The story has more twists and turns than any other I've read. By the last chapter I knew the ending! until I turned the last page. Any story by Robert Ludlum, Stephen Hunter, Nelson Demille & Brad Thor will also fill the hours.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 4:10:15 PM PST
Dina Laver says:
I like DeMille, Trevanian, Ludlum, Follet, Forsyth, and among 'newer' authors Brad Thor + Flynn - but i never liked any of Le Carre's books! None made me want to rush back to reading it... There is an author who stopped writing after his 3rd book - read it - Im sure
u will enjoy it: Games of the Hangman by Victor O'Reilly

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 5:42:34 AM PST
Good suggestions, thanks. Any recommendations for best mysteries by not-the-usual mysteries?

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 5:44:16 AM PST
Oops! Meant, "by not-the-usual mystery writers."

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 7:10:15 AM PST
W. A. Welsh says:
I don't know whether this fits, but there was MUCH internal espionage & betrayal..."Bad Luck and Trouble", Lee Child.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 8:19:47 PM PST
Dina Laver says:
How about Ribert Hais, Christopher Reich + Dane Jordan. Cant remember 'new' authors

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 11:17:02 PM PST
Swanee says:
The Human Condition by Graham Greene.

Low key, not much action but excellently written.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 10:51:23 AM PST
daniel silva - all books have been great - jpn

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012 11:57:42 AM PST
Dina Laver says:
All of them excellent! Try David Morell's Trilogy The Brotherhood of the Rose, The Fraternity of the Stone and The Leaguf of Night and Fog

Posted on Dec 22, 2012 2:18:03 AM PST
All Alan Furst novels,all Phillip Kerr novels,Joseph Kanon,Daniel Silva and David Downing:to name a few.

Posted on Dec 22, 2012 7:52:35 AM PST
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The Company by Robert Littell. All of his books are excellent

Posted on Dec 22, 2012 7:53:26 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2012 7:54:27 AM PST
I agree and it could have been true!

Posted on Dec 22, 2012 7:56:13 AM PST
Daniel Silva's books

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2012 8:00:24 AM PST
All Eric Ambler is great and he was a precursor of the genre.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2012 8:05:01 AM PST
I love LeCarré too,but something about pre-WWII European atmosphere (Furst) seems,to me,more intriguing than Cold War espionage.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2012 10:39:13 AM PST
baseballfan says:
Thanks for reminding me about Bill Granger--I am a fan of his stuff.
To my mind, LeCarre is still the best!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2012 10:39:47 AM PST
PAL says:
I agree. La carre is my very favorite. His character developments are as mysterious as they are intense. His plot develops in very concise maner and small pieces. His books are a total mystery, surprise and rewarding. I read and re-read his books. Fam.

Posted on Dec 22, 2012 11:31:01 AM PST
Any fan of spy novels should read Eric Ambler. He really brought the spy novel to the fore front.

Posted on Dec 22, 2012 11:54:12 AM PST
Dan Clarke says:
I had an overseas job in England back in the 90's. Reading all of John Le Carre's works that had been published at that time gave me a good insight into the culture in which I was immersed. It also gave me many evenings of good reading. My favorite is Smiley's People. I still look forward to each new book of Le Carre's and greedily devour it as soon as it is published. Thanks for the tips about Nelson DeMille. I will give The Charm School a try.
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