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.

You Can Run
The Girls Who Stepped Out of Line: Untold Stories of the Women Who Changed the Course of World War II
Murder Most Fair (Verity Kent, #5)
The Island (Dewey Andreas #9)
The Perfume Thief
Capture the Crown (A Gargoyle Queen, #1)
A Woman of Intelligence
The Hollywood Spy (Maggie Hope #10)
Notes from the Burning Age
The Cellist (Gabriel Allon, #21)
Relentless (Rogue Team International #2)
Death at the Crystal Palace (Kat Holloway Mysteries, #5)
Spies, Lies, and Exile: The Extraordinary Story of Russian Double Agent George Blake
Black Ice (Scot Harvath #20)
The Girls from the Beach
The Cellist (Gabriel Allon, #21)
Northern Spy
Our Woman in Moscow
The Island (Dewey Andreas #9)
Total Power (Mitch Rapp, #19)
The Power Couple
The Terminal List (Terminal List, #1)
Target Acquired (Jack Ryan Universe,  #31)
The Order (Gabriel Allon, #20)
The Last Agent (Charles Jenkins, #2)
The Secret Stealers
A Woman of Intelligence
The Final Twist (Colter Shaw, #3)
Relentless (Gray Man #10)
Two Spies in Caracas
Ghost Wars by Steve CollThe Looming Tower by Lawrence WrightDiplomacy by Henry KissingerLegacy of Ashes by Tim WeinerThe Cold War by John Lewis Gaddis
American Foreign Policy
399 books — 270 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
306 books — 680 voters

Triptych by Karin SlaughterGone Girl by Gillian FlynnMurder on the Orient Express by Agatha ChristieBlindsighted by Karin SlaughterIn the Woods by Tana French
Best Female Crime/Mystery/Thriller Writers
1,161 books — 685 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
571 books — 1,974 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
780 books — 716 voters

The Spy Who Came In from the Cold
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (George Smiley, #5; Karla Trilogy #1)
The Bourne Identity (Jason Bourne, #1)
Casino Royale (James Bond, #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)

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Criss Jami
Growing up, I always had a soldier mentality. As a kid I wanted to be a soldier, a fighter pilot, a covert agent, professions that require a great deal of bravery and risk and putting oneself in grave danger in order to complete the mission. Even though I did not become all those things, and unless my predisposition, in its youngest years, already had me leaning towards them, the interest that was there still shaped my philosophies. To this day I honor risk and sacrifice for the good of others - ...more
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Ally Carter
I didn’t know what was more disturbing—the fact that something was obviously wrong, or that three faculty members of the world’s premiere spy school had forgotten to lock the door.
Ally Carter, I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You

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