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Helen MacInnes was born in Glasgow, Scotland on October 7, 1907. In 1928, she received a degree in French and German from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. She later studied at University College in London and worked as a librarian. She got married in 1932, moved to New York in 1937, and became an American citizen in 1952. In 1939, she began writing suspense novels and won the Columbia Prize for Literature in 1966. Many of her novels were adapted into movies including Above Suspicion, Assignment in Brittany, The Venetian Affair, and The Salzburg Connection. She died from the effects of a stroke on September 30, 1985 at the age of 77. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Assignment in Brittany 486 copies, 10 reviews
The Salzburg Connection 468 copies, 12 reviews
Above Suspicion 420 copies, 21 reviews
The Snare of the Hunter 387 copies, 7 reviews
Agent in Place 371 copies, 2 reviews
The Venetian Affair 347 copies, 2 reviews
Message From Málaga 344 copies, 4 reviews
Prelude to Terror 334 copies, 2 reviews
Ride a Pale Horse 331 copies, 2 reviews
The Hidden Target 325 copies, 2 reviews
Cloak of Darkness 318 copies, 6 reviews
The Double Image 313 copies, 1 review
North From Rome 307 copies, 2 reviews
Decision at Delphi 292 copies, 10 reviews
While Still We Live 286 copies, 7 reviews
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Helen MacInnes was a Scottish-born author of espionage novels. She graduated from the University of Glasgow with a degree in French and German. Working as a librarian in 1932, she met and married classics professor Gilbert Highet, and they moved to New York in 1937.  She became a naturalized USA citizen in 1951. Although best known for her Cold War settings, MacInnes actually started writing spy novels during World War II. Her novels often feature some type of romance and a central character who is an innocent bystander – such as a reporter, writer, artist or architect – until they get drawn into dangerous spy games and must use their wits to survive. Several of her books were adapted as films.
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