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)
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 Queen’s Spy
The Cellist (Gabriel Allon, #21)
Northern Spy
Our Woman in Moscow
The Power Couple
The Island (Dewey Andreas #9)
Total Power (Mitch Rapp, #19)
The Secret Stealers
The Terminal List (Terminal List, #1)
Three Ordinary Girls: The Remarkable Story of Three Dutch Teenagers Who Became Spies, Saboteurs, Nazi Assassins–and WWII Heroes
The Girls from the Beach
Murder Most Fair (Verity Kent, #5)
The Order (Gabriel Allon, #20)
The Last Agent (Charles Jenkins, #2)
Two Spies in Caracas
Target Acquired (Jack Ryan Universe,  #31)
Jurassic Park by Michael CrichtonThe Hobbit, or There and Back Again 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
2,117 books — 2,967 voters

Jurassic Park by Michael CrichtonThe Andromeda Strain by Michael CrichtonThe Hunt for Red October by Tom ClancyDaemon by Daniel SuarezSphere by Michael Crichton
Best Technothrillers Ever
617 books — 1,578 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 — 1,971 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
190 books — 321 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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