Espionage

Spy fiction, literature concerning the forms of espionage, was a sub-genre derived from the novel during the nineteenth century, which then evolved into a discrete genre before the First World War (1914–18), when governments established modern intelligence agencies in the early twentieth century. As a genre, spy fiction is thematically related to the novel of adventure, the thriller and the politico–military thriller.

Killers of a Certain Age
Foul Lady Fortune (Foul Lady Fortune, #1)
Mother Daughter Traitor Spy
Prisoners of the Castle: An Epic Story of Survival and Escape from Colditz, the Nazis' Fortress Prison
Wise Gals: The Spies Who Built the CIA and Changed the Future of Espionage
Oath of Loyalty (Mitch Rapp #21)
Spy School Project X
From the Shadows (Billy Boyle WWII #17)
A Season for Spies (Deception and Discipline #4)
Alias Emma (Alias Emma, #1)
Heartbreaker (Hell's Belles, #2)
A Certain Darkness (Verity Kent, #6)
The Hellion and the Hero (League of Scoundrels, #3)
The Liar: How a Double Agent in the CIA Became the Cold War's Last Honest Man
Every Rogue Has His Charm (Love and Let Spy, #4)
Oath of Loyalty (Mitch Rapp #21)
Where the Sky Begins
Portrait of an Unknown Woman (Gabriel Allon, #22)
Never
Rising Tiger (Scot Harvath #21)
The Terminal List (Terminal List, #1)
Armored (Joshua Duffy, #1)
In the Blood (Terminal List, #5)
Enemy at the Gates (Mitch Rapp, #20)
The Old Man
Freezing Order: A True Story of Money Laundering, Murder, and Surviving Vladimir Putin's Wrath
A Truth to Lie for (Elena Standish, #4)
True Believer (Terminal List, #2)
The Tracker (Sam Callahan, #1)
The Devil's Hand (Terminal List, #4)
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha ChristieTriptych by Karin SlaughterGone Girl by Gillian FlynnAnd Then There Were None by Agatha ChristieBlindsighted by Karin Slaughter
Best Female Crime/Mystery/Thriller Writers
1,200 books — 692 voters
1984 by George OrwellWhy They Stay by Anne MichaudFahrenheit 451 by Ray BradburyNight by Elie WieselThe Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
Thought Provoking
1,299 books — 1,053 voters

Stormbreaker by Anthony HorowitzI'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally CarterFledgling by Mark A. CooperPoint Blank by Anthony HorowitzThe Recruit by Robert Muchamore
Spy Kids
305 books — 693 voters
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le CarréThe Spy Who Came In from the Cold by John le CarréThe Bourne Identity by Robert LudlumThe Day of the Jackal by Frederick ForsythThe Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
Best Spy Novels
1,222 books — 2,125 voters

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le CarréThe Spy Who Came In from the Cold by John le CarréSmiley's People by John le CarréThe Day of the Jackal by Frederick ForsythThe Constant Gardener by John le Carré
Literary Spy Stories
192 books — 262 voters
Zero at the Bone by Jane SevilleWarrior's Cross by Madeleine UrbanMexican Heat by Laura BaumbachEvenfall by AisLuck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling
Best Gay Assassins and Spies
354 books — 559 voters

The Spy Who Came In from the Cold (George Smiley, #3)
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (George Smiley, #5; Karla Trilogy, #1)
Casino Royale (James Bond, #1)
The Bourne Identity (Jason Bourne, #1)
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, #1)
Call for the Dead (George Smiley, #1)
Smiley's People (George Smiley, #7; Karla Trilogy, #3)
Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (Gallagher Girls, #2)
Stormbreaker (Alex Rider, #1)
The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan, #3)

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John Flanagan
...at the time, King Herbert felt that to remain safe, the kingdom needed an effective intelligence force." "An intelligent force?" said Will. "Not intelligent. Intelligence. Although it does help if your intelligence force was also intelligent. ...more
John Flanagan, The Ruins of Gorlan

Cece Whittaker
She could hear his words ringing in her ears like an air raid siren. “Father’s asked me to accompany a sick soldier home. I would leave tomorrow but be back by Christmas.” Who was this Airman Ralph Jacobs? And why now? Why Dick, for heaven’s sakes? The man was shot down in Italy. Wasn’t that Sly and Bobby’s territory? Wasn’t it Harry’s? Maybe that’s what Annie had heard. So instead of using Sly, they dumped the duty onto Dick.
Cece Whittaker, Glorious Christmas

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