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Starred Review. Astonishingly, as mystery maestro Penzler points out in his cogent introduction, there has never been, until now, a collection of original stories devoted to spy fiction. Penzler has assembled 14 of the biggest names in the thriller genre—such as Lee Child, Joseph Finder, Stephen Hunter, Gayle Lynds, and David Morrell—who all rise to the challenge of writing a short story set in the complex world of international espionage. This unique anthology's best entry, Charles McCarry's The End of the String, which depicts an intelligence officer's role in a planned coup aimed at a despotic African president-for-life, will evoke comparisons with John le Carré and Graham Greene. The superlative writing is matched by the variety, which ranges from tales with clever twists to straightforward ones, some contemporary, others with historical settings. (June)
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*Starred Review* Spy fiction and short stories are usually mutually exclusive. As editor Penzler points out in his introduction, spy fiction is usually lengthy, as the authors weave byzantine plots bolstered with double crosses, red herrings, and dozens of characters. Tough to fit all that into a few thousand words. He also points out this is the first anthology of original short spy fiction. The 14 authors include Lee Child, James Grady, Stephen Hunter, Andrew Klavan, and Stella Rimington, who was the director-general of Britain’s MI5. Child’s story centers on the particulars of assembling a special-ops team. David Morrell weighs in with the moral and professional dilemma of Andrew, a professional CIA interrogator who ultimately succumbs to . . . well, that’s the surprise. Stephen Hunter contributes a WWII tale in which love and a Mata Hari–like character play key roles. Charles McCarry introduces readers to a mysterious man on the Guinea coast in the fifties who assists an American agent and may have questionable motives. Espionage fans will absolutely love this collection of uniformly fine stories—a series of 500-page spy novels expertly distilled to their involving, suspenseful essence. --Wes Lukowsky
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 429 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard; First Printing edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307477517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307477514
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,064,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Let me start by saying - if you love thrillers, especially spy thrillers - buy this book. The editor has collected deeply layered and entertaining stories by some of the best in the business. I already look forward to re-reading it. Among my favorites are McCarry's The End of the String which brings to life a humble spy and an intriguing African dictator, Child tells the story of a black op with a twist, Weisman's Father's Day is a heart pumping ground-pounder, Morrell's The Interrogator lays bare human morality, and Klaven's Sleeping with My Assassin is an incredibly intriguing premise. But all of the stories were strong which is no surprise given the authors including Finder, Hunter, Wilson, Fesperman, and Steinhauer.

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."
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This is a collection of fourteen original short stories written by some of the best thriller writers in the business, including Lee Child, Joseph Finder, Charles McCarry, Olen Steinhauer and Stella Rimington. They span a range of timeframes and countries, from 1940s Switzerland to the current war in Iraq.

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.
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I bought this collection of short spy stories because it featured some of my favorite crime/thriller/spy writers as well as a few I hadn't come across yet. I don't usually seek out short stories but I couldn't resist seeing what my favorite writers had to say. Every story was great and the authors that drew me in didn't let me down. The best part however was that it turned me onto some excellent writers I had never read before, who are now on my reading list. If their books are as good as their short stories, I'm in for some good reading. I definitely recommend it if you like any of the featured writers or just like spy thrillers in general.
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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). I found that these stories reflected many of the situations encountered in the life.
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in adition to an excellent selection of writers, these short stories are unputdownable, and I normally don't spend time reading short stories. the discipline and craft demonstrated by these authors require loud praise from the reader
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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. Some entries were campy while others were chaotic. In many of the pieces, there was a stunning amount of accuracy in the plots and characters. Otto Penzler's introduction itself is a great read. There are some big-name authors collected here, allowing fans to enjoy their favorites and newbies to sample some unfamiliar terrain. Penzler has assembled several other great collections, for both Black Lizard press and for the annual Best Mystery Stories series. I'm working my way through them all and hoping for another Agents edition -- it was that good.
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This is collection of short stories which revolve around the spy and that type of espionage. Interestingly Otto Penzler claims in the introduction that this is the first collection of this type of short story. I'm not sure that's true but then again I can't think off the top of my head of another collection so maybe he's right. There are some big name authors of novels contributing to this collection, do they all write as good a short story as they do a novel? Some do, some don't. Overall I think the collection passes the time but there's not really any masterpieces you'll be thinking about years or even weeks after you've read them. The format of this collection is a bit weird too, there's a contents page which lists the stories and their page numbers, but each author isn't named. Nor is there a copyright page doing this either. Initially I wondered if this was one of those guess who wrote what story collections, but the authors are named on the first page of each story.

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.
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