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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Review – Licence Expired

Licence Expired : The unauthorized James Bond Edited by Madeline Ashby and David Nickle This review is was originally posted on the website Literary 007.  This book is the first to explore James Bond outside of the constraints of the officially licensed Bond continuation novels. Currently in Canada rights over written works revert to the …

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The Flat Bureaucrat by Susan Hasler

"It's a Wonderful Life" meets the 9/11 report If Susan Hasler’s Intelligence was “24” meets “The Office”, it’s sequel, The Flat Bureaucrat, is “It’s a Wonderful Life” meets the 9/11 report. In case it isn’t readily apparent, that’s a good thing. Hasler’s years as an analyst in the CIA have served her well in her …

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Eric Ambler’s First Lines

In my research on Eric Ambler’s “lost” novel, "Gentleman from Abroad," I saw a few first lines from his previous novels. As I looked through them, I realized that they were a master class in getting your reader interested in your story from the start. Sure there are a couple that aren’t as intriguing as …

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Spy out the Land by Jeremy Duns

Spy out the Land by Jeremy Duns From the book jacket, see below for the review -  A time of turbulence 1975. A summit has been arranged between the Rhodesian government and various nationalist leaders, and is due to take place in railway dining car 49, midway along Victoria Falls Bridge. But Matthew Charamba, a key …

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