Best Spy Novels

The best spy novels from the 20th and 21st centuries.
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message 1: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Removed Control Switch On which is nonfiction.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Is there a list he hasn't put his list on?!


message 3: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Although I enjoy the Jack Reacher novels, I personally don't consider them to be spy novels, and several of the other books that I have read definitely don't fall into this category, such as the Camel Club. It's disappointing to me that so many of the named books don't fall into this category.


message 4: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Deleted The Executioner's Song which is not a spy novel.


message 5: by Robert (new)

Robert Cindy (above, msg 3) is correct. Jack Reacher is not a spy.


message 6: by Steven (new)

Steven Robert Langdon...the spy??


message 7: by Marita (new)

Marita There are some very peculiar candidates here! The Hobbit??? Pride and Prejudice??? And they are not the only ones...


message 8: by Celia (new)

Celia Weeded out the obvious... There are some that don't look right but since I haven't actually read them and didn't want to take the time to read through all the summaries I just left them in to be safe.

Leave a comment including book title and position number if there's a book that you know is wrong.


message 9: by Cindy (last edited Aug 21, 2014 05:44PM) (new)

Cindy These books should be removed:
Lee Child books #38-The Killing Floor; #68 Die Trying; #75 One Shot; #81 Bad Luck & Trouble; #88 61 Hours; #90 The Hard Way; #100 The Affair
Baldacci #72 The Camel Club


message 10: by Celia (new)

Celia I will remove the Jack Reacher books, but The Camel Club does seem to have an element of espionage to it based on the summary. It's not that I don't believe you, but I don't want to risk losing my librarian privileges. :/


message 11: by Butch (new)

Butch Camel Club series of novels by David Baldacci is his best, I think. All the Daniel Silva 'Gabriel Allon' series of novels should be included!


message 12: by Emma (new)

Emma Ghee I started this list some 3 years ago. Some people obviously do not know what a spy novel is and guys and dolls! do not go by author, go by the contents of the book.


message 13: by Rannazora (new)

Rannazora the Millennium trilogy by Stig Larsson has nothing to do with spies as well.


message 14: by Jeff (last edited Aug 05, 2015 05:26PM) (new)

Jeff Howe The Stieg Larsson books are not spy novels.

To Kill a Mockingbird?!?!? Catcher in the Rye?!?!?!? Huh?

Where the heck is Quiller? ...OK, found one. Bravo -- the Quiller series is super well written.

Now recommending the Slough House series by Mick Herron.


message 15: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Jeff wrote: "The Stieg Larsson books are not spy novels.

To Kill a Mockingbird?!?!? Catcher in the Rye?!?!?!? Huh?

Where the heck is Quiller? ...OK, found one. Bravo -- the Quiller series is super well writte..."

Jeff, thanks for the recommendation. I'll add Mick Herron's Slough House series to my to read section.


message 16: by Carol (last edited Aug 17, 2015 10:22AM) (new)

Carol Procaccini I want to know more about this best spy novels


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message 18: by Terelyn (new)

Terelyn Marks Catcher in the Rye? Games of Thrones? Rebecca?

None of those are spy novels!


message 19: by Bob (new)

Bob Bagnall @Terelyn Beg to differ RE Key to Rebecca. Not only was it a spy story, it was based on a real life spy in England...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Key...


message 20: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Celia wrote: "I will remove the Jack Reacher books, but The Camel Club does seem to have an element of espionage to it based on the summary. It's not that I don't believe you, but I don't want to risk losing my ..."
Celia, looks like the Jack Reacher books are still listed.


message 21: by Terelyn (new)

Terelyn Marks Bob wrote: "@Terelyn Beg to differ RE Key to Rebecca. Not only was it a spy story, it was based on a real life spy in England...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Key..."


I wasn't questioning Key to Rebecca, but Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier. Definitely NOT a 'spy novel.'


message 22: by Bob (new)

Bob Bagnall I think we agree.. I'm guessing Rebecca was pulled from the list after you wrote, and I only saw The Key to Rebecca in the list

PS
Game of thrones is still there :)

I wasn't question..."


message 23: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Disclaimer: Per GR, Listopia is not for purposes of promotion and/or advertising. Genuine readers only.


message 24: by mr. (new)

mr.  jim Rannazora wrote: "the Millennium trilogy by Stig Larsson has nothing to do with spies as well."

somebody didn't read well...


message 25: by Jim (new)

Jim Prince The 39 Steps is on the list twice, #28 and #553


message 26: by Booklovinglady (last edited Feb 27, 2017 07:43AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Jim wrote: "The 39 Steps is on the list twice, #28 and #553"

Should be fixed now, as I let the system perform a duplicate check.


message 27: by Wayne (new)

Wayne Ramsey Deighton should be at the top. Especially the Bernard Sampon character.


message 28: by Vicki (new)

Vicki In what way is The Da Vinci Code a spy novel? Conspiracy, yes. Thriller, yes. But who's the spy?


message 30: by Greg (new)

Greg Vicki wrote: "In what way is The Da Vinci Code a spy novel? Conspiracy, yes. Thriller, yes. But who's the spy?"

Well, I guess if you think about spys and the way they have to decode or intercept messages, then Langdon does indeed decode messages from the past. Yes, that's a stretch, but remember, this is goodreads, where the best book ever published, listed on this site, a social media group of which we are a member, is "Hunger Games #1"....or it might be "Twilight", they switch places. So these lists are for fun, no more and no less.


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