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.

An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason
The Fox
The Labyrinth Index (Laundry, Files #9)
Beirut Rules: The Murder of a CIA Station Chief and Hezbollah's War Against America
Best of Enemies: The Last Great Spy Story of the Cold War
Night at the Opera
Hitler’s British Traitors: The Secret History of Spies, Saboteurs and Fifth Columnists
The Glass Ocean
Red War (Mitch Rapp, #17)
The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
Treacherous Is the Night (Verity Kent, #2)
Courtney's War (Courtney, #17)
Love and Payne (THIRDS Universe, #1)
The Secret World: A History of Intelligence
Heads You Win
Red War (Mitch Rapp, #17)
The Fox
The Other Woman (Gabriel Allon, #18)
Hard Road (Jon Reznick, #1)
Hard Wired (Jon Reznick, #3)
The Labyrinth Index (Laundry, Files #9)
To Die in Vienna
Need to Know
No Man's Land (John Puller, #4)
The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
A Deadly Distance (Jack Noble #2)
The Escape Artist
The Traitor's Story
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le CarréThe Bourne Identity by Robert LudlumThe Spy Who Came In from the Cold by John le CarréThe Hunt for Red October by Tom ClancyThe Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
Best Spy Novels
1,008 books — 1,824 voters
This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein1984 by George OrwellUnwifeable by Mandy StadtmillerFahrenheit 451 by Ray BradburyThe Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
Thought Provoking
348 books — 334 voters

Jurassic Park by Michael CrichtonThe Hobbit by J.R.R. TolkienThe Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsThe Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. TolkienThe Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Best Action-Adventure Novels
1,593 books — 1,968 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
185 books — 243 voters

Saga, Vol. 5 by Brian K. VaughanNimona by Noelle StevensonLumberjanes, Vol. 1 by Noelle StevensonRat Queens, Vol. 2 by Kurtis J. WiebeMs. Marvel, Vol. 2 by G. Willow Wilson
Best Graphic Novels 2015
130 books — 362 voters

Popular Espionage Books

The Spy Who Came In from the Cold
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (The Karla Trilogy, #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)
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)
Only the Good Spy Young (Gallagher Girls, #4)

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