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.

The Golden Hour
The New Girl (Gabriel Allon #19)
Lies
King Me (Forever Wilde, #7)
Black Site: The CIA in the Post-9/11 World
The Russian (Rob Tacoma #1)
The Bastard Brigade: The True Story of the Renegade Scientists and Spies Who Sabotaged the Nazi Atomic Bomb
Hitler's Secret Army: A Hidden History of Spies, Saboteurs, and Traitors
The Spies of Shilling Lane
Backlash (Scott Harvath, #19)
The Book Supremacy (Bibliophile Mystery, #13)
The Number of Love (Codebreakers, #1)
Skin Game (Teddy Fay, #3)
The Eyes of Tamburah (Archives of the Invisible Sword, #1)
The Targeter: My Life in the CIA, Hunting Terrorists and Challenging the White House
The New Girl (Gabriel Allon #19)
The Eighth Sister (Charles Jenkins #1)
Backlash (Scott Harvath, #19)
The Rescue (Ryan Decker #1)
The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
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The Golden Hour
Hard Wired (Jon Reznick, #3)
The Killer Collective (John Rain, #10; Ben Treven #4; Livia Lone #3)
Codename Villanelle (Killing Eve, #1)
The Russian (Rob Tacoma #1)
The Christmas Scorpion (Jack Reacher, #22.5)
The Fox
Run and Hide (Eva Driscoll #1)
The Cuban Affair
The Spy Who Came In from the Cold by John le CarréTinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le CarréThe Day of the Jackal by Frederick ForsythThe Bourne Identity by Robert LudlumThe Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
Espionage
858 books — 1,089 voters
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally CarterHeist Society by Ally CarterCross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally CarterOnly the Good Spy Young by Ally CarterDon't Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter
Best YA Spy/Mystery Novels
528 books — 1,515 voters

Saga, Vol. 5 by Brian K. VaughanNimona by Noelle StevensonBeware the Kitten Holy by Noelle StevensonThe Far Reaching Tentacles of N'rygoth by Kurtis J. WiebeMs. Marvel, Vol. 2 by G. Willow Wilson
Best Graphic Novels 2015
130 books — 366 voters

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le CarréThe Bourne Identity by Robert LudlumThe Spy Who Came In from the Cold by John le CarréThe Day of the Jackal by Frederick ForsythThe Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
Best Spy Novels
1,028 books — 1,880 voters
Cut & Run by Madeleine UrbanThe Dark Tide by Josh LanyonZero at the Bone by Jane SevilleDeath of a Pirate King by Josh LanyonFatal Shadows / A Dangerous Thing by Josh Lanyon
Best Gay Mystery
736 books — 686 voters

The Spy Who Came In from the Cold
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
The Bourne Identity (Jason Bourne, #1)
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, #1)
Casino Royale (James Bond, #1)
Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (Gallagher Girls, #2)
Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover (Gallagher Girls, #3)
Smiley's People

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Sun Tzu
If quick, I survive. If not quick, I am lost. This is "death.
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Honoré de Balzac
A murderer is less loathsome to us than a spy. The murderer may have acted on a sudden mad impulse; he may be penitent and amend; but a spy is always a spy, night and day, in bed, at table, as he walks abroad; his vileness pervades every moment of his life
Honore de Balzac

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