Operation Finale – An exhibit review

The Illinois Holocaust Museum is hosting another traveling spy-themed exhibit following up on its successful hosting several years ago of Spies, Traitors and Saboteurs. This new exhibit, Operation Finale, is focused on the secret plan to kidnap Adolf Eichmann and bring to him to Israel for trial.  Eichmann was one of the officers responsible for …

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Collecting Adam Hall

I've written previously about how much I enjoy Adam Hall's Quiller.  In The Berlin Memorandum, released in 1965 and retitled to The Quiller Memorandum in the US. Today I'd like to highlight a few of the signed copies of Quiller books I own. The first edition of the The Berlin Memorandum has a flat red dust …

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Le Carré Recommends – UPDATE

A few weeks back I wrote about books that John Le Carré has either introduced or recommended. I've found six more Le Carré books that either have a JlC written introduction or essay. There was also a recent le Carré blurb. The Rape of a Nation by Marcus Bleasdale - Forward by JlC. A book …

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A Small Town in Germany by John le Carré – An appreciation and rarity

I recently read A Small Town in Germany by John le Carré and loved it. It's surprisingly maligned by most critics and fans but it’s very readable. The book follows Alan Turner, the Foreign Office cleanup man, as he's sent to the British embassy in Bonn, Germany to track down some damaging files that have …

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le Carré announces a new novel – A Legacy of Spies

News broke this morning about a new George Smiley novel written by John le Carré. A Legacy of Spies is set to be released on September 7th, 2017. Many, myself included, had assumed last years The Pigeon Tunnel would be 85 year old le Carré's last book, especially after Adam Sisman revealed he had set …

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 John Le Carré – Time Magazine Profile

Just before the release of The Honourable Schoolboy, Time published a cover story profile of John Le Carré. If you're too lazy or busy to read Adam Sisman's recent doorstopper of a biography, the Time profile is a very good shortcut. The work of Stefan Kanfer, Dean Fischer and Anne Hopkins, it's a very nice …

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The Coldest Winter – A Review

My love of spy fiction isn't constrained to prose. There are several graphic novels with an espionage theme that have been able to hold their own with the best of spy novelists. Antony Johnston's duo The Coldest City and The Coldest Winter are two of them. I’ve been a reader of Antony Johnston’s work for …

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