Best Spy Fiction

Description
Cloak and dagger... secrets and spies... the world of espionage is full of thrilling tales. Our List of the Month this September is devoted to the Best Spy Fiction. Each participant may vote on ten titles. Please only downvote titles if they do not fit the theme.
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5,363 members
187 reviews
½ 3.5
22 Members
janoorani24, cpg, paradoxosalpha, charl08, troutstreamman, Sensory, Cecrow, amanda4242, cbl_tn, questbird, celerydog, paulmdh, perennialreader, petralex, gypsysmom, noveltea, citizencane, DebbiMack, Patricia.Ralston, Deborama, BGNorris, RMSpencer
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paradoxosalpha: Seminal man-on-the-run thriller featuring German spies in England on the eve of the Great War (written as English war propaganda, I think).
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5,305 members
138 reviews
3.9
15 Members
paradoxosalpha, kleo, troutstreamman, Sensory, Cecrow, PitcherBooks, stephenis, sturlington, celerydog, perennialreader, noveltea, mfvetter, DebbiMack, AnaraGuard, RMSpencer
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paradoxosalpha: The quintessential black comedy of Cold War espionage.
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4,474 members
65 reviews
4.2
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6,918 members
121 reviews
4.1
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1,719 members
74 reviews
3.9
11 Members
janoorani24, parlerodermime, dewasus1, PitcherBooks, sturlington, Bookish59, AbigailAdams26, barefootsong, johnsconklin, AnaraGuard, SueHerbine
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SueHerbine: Love this book! Have re read it several times and it is always enjoyable.
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4,768 members
386 reviews
½ 4.3
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7,978 members
181 reviews
4
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11,188 members
117 reviews
4
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6,282 members
254 reviews
½ 3.5
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9,811 members
155 reviews
3.8
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8,680 members
187 reviews
4
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1,156 members
31 reviews
3.9
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3,972 members
72 reviews
3.8
8 Members
Minthe, abbottthomas, cwc790411, questbird, paulmdh, Bookish59, MichaelLynnSr, cleed
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questbird: Espionage in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia
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1,688 members
103 reviews
3.8
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2,504 members
27 reviews
4.2
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1,486 members
42 reviews
4.1
6 Members
karenb, viking2917, adamhindman, paradoxosalpha, lottpoet, djriave
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paradoxosalpha: The best espionage-with-supernatural-occultism story I've read, strongly rooted in 20th-century (and earlier) historical events.
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3,781 members
63 reviews
3.8
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4,494 members
163 reviews
½ 3.3
6 Members
paradoxosalpha, Cecrow, petralex, Bookish59, cleed, KitKatOtaku
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paradoxosalpha: The novel's anti-hero is a forger in the regular employ of state intelligence agencies. A story about the 19th-century invention of modern anti-semitism.
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385 members
19 reviews
4.1
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6,995 members
168 reviews
3.8
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1,923 members
95 reviews
½ 4.3
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5,161 members
87 reviews
½ 3.6
25
2,903 members
40 reviews
½ 3.7
26
4,163 members
208 reviews
4.1
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2,355 members
119 reviews
½ 3.7
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1,112 members
41 reviews
3.8
5 Members
janoorani24, dewasus1, PitcherBooks, AbigailAdams26, SueHerbine
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SueHerbine: Great book of my favorite character.
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854 members
22 reviews
3.8
5 Members
dewasus1, Bookish59, ahef1963, AbigailAdams26, SueHerbine
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SueHerbine: Dorothy Gillman never dissapoints and Mrs. Pollifax is a perfect spy!
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1,012 members
32 reviews
½ 3.7
5 Members
paradoxosalpha, pitjrw, troutstreamman, amanda4242, noveltea
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paradoxosalpha: A brace of short stories that largely invented the genre, with tropes that have survived into today's spy fiction. Vivid with more than a little autobiographical sourcing.
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5,247 members
90 reviews
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4 Members
birder4106, peterveen, tommi180744, MichaelLynnSr
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tommi180744: Riveting central character (the assassin) & storyline reads as if fact not fiction.
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1,310 members
37 reviews
½ 3.7
4 Members
Euryale, paradoxosalpha, abbottthomas, peterveen
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paradoxosalpha: An excellent example of the two features that attract me to this genre: epistemological ambiguity and moral compromise.
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3,746 members
47 reviews
½ 3.6
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5,300 members
92 reviews
4
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2,578 members
68 reviews
½ 3.6
4 Members
questbird, petralex, peterveen, Yuki-Onna
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questbird: Messing about with boats meets pre-WW1 espionage
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838 members
19 reviews
½ 3.7
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804 members
32 reviews
3.8
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3,807 members
150 reviews
3.9
4 Members
aprille, pitjrw, questbird, sturlington
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questbird: Triple agent in the Vietnam War and beyond.
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3,378 members
43 reviews
½ 3.6
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2,476 members
70 reviews
3.8
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290 members
1 review
½ 4.3
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2,931 members
49 reviews
3.8
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2,132 members
66 reviews
3.9
4 Members
tardis, adamhindman, paradoxosalpha, PitcherBooks,
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paradoxosalpha: The James Bond legend serves as a basis for eldritch thaumaturgy in the context of 21st-century espionage.
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341 members
24 reviews
3.9
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977 members
35 reviews
3.9
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12,680 members
335 reviews
4.1
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787 members
47 reviews
½ 3.5
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181 members
2 reviews
4
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906 members
21 reviews
3.9
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3,363 members
45 reviews
3.8
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1,063 members
25 reviews
3.9
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897 members
23 reviews
3.8
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522 members
17 reviews
3.9
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889 members
28 reviews
3.8
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1,896 members
48 reviews
½ 3.4
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835 members
18 reviews
½ 3.6
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1,635 members
32 reviews
½ 3.7
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3,736 members
64 reviews
3.8
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1,545 members
35 reviews
4
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287 members
3 reviews
3
3 Members
hipdeep, Cecrow, ManWithAnAgenda,
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Cecrow: Nice! I forgot about this one. A few others in the series would qualify as well.
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1,557 members
47 reviews
3.9
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12 members
5 reviews
3.9
2 Members
Bookish59, Maryka
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Maryka: Based on the true story of Toto Koopman, arguably the first woman to spy for the British.
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2,407 members
31 reviews
½ 3.5
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948 members
54 reviews
3.9
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98 members
6 reviews
½ 3.6
2 Members
VivienneR, RBeffa
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2,710 members
47 reviews
½ 3.6
2 Members
BookWallah, cbl_tn
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1,836 members
50 reviews
3.8
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592 members
29 reviews
4.2
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6,247 members
38 reviews
½ 3.7
2 Members
hipdeep, daisyfly,
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2,944 members
204 reviews
4.1
2 Members
Morphidae, PitcherBooks,
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Morphidae: Urban fantasy espionage with a British dry wit. The book description also describes it well, "... for readers who like their espionage with a dollop of purple slime, or their supernatural thrillers with an agenda and a pencil skirt."
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1,102 members
60 reviews
½ 3.7
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73 members
13 reviews
4.2
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772 members
15 reviews
½ 3.3
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1,011 members
46 reviews
½ 3.7
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1,101 members
55 reviews
½ 3.7
2 Members
VivienneR, RBeffa
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485 members
37 reviews
3.9
2 Members
karenb, barefootsong,
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352 members
18 reviews
½ 3.5
2 Members
Aquila, karenb,
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4,370 members
141 reviews
½ 3.6
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Ling.Lass
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2,412 members
49 reviews
½ 3.7
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EMS_24
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875 members
16 reviews
½ 3.3
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452 members
13 reviews
3.2
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312 members
9 reviews
½ 3.7
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266 members
17 reviews
½ 3.4
Member
kleo
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172 members
12 reviews
½ 3.3
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26 members
1 review
½ 3.3
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ahef1963
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15 members
1 review
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2,884 members
55 reviews
½ 3.6
2 Members
cbl_tn, elkiedee,
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2,934 members
42 reviews
½ 3.6
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1,512 members
40 reviews
½ 3.6
Member
kleo
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734 members
17 reviews
3.9
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pitjrw
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313 members
3 reviews
½ 3.4
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paulmdh
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136 members
8 reviews
4
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elkiedee
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822 members
9 reviews
½ 3.5
2 Members
Euryale, gypsysmom,
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5,993 members
221 reviews
4.1
2 Members
aprille, celerydog,
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28,425 members
448 reviews
½ 4.3
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1,106 members
35 reviews
½ 3.4
Member
Sarielle
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454 members
35 reviews
3.8
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363 members
10 reviews
½ 3.7
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321 members
8 reviews
3.9
100
173 members
15 reviews
½ 3.6
Member
paradoxosalpha
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paradoxosalpha: A a sprawling novel featuring Aleister Crowley's role in the British interrogation of Rudolf Hess as a sort of psycho-social asymptote.