Agent Running in the Field by John le Carré – Review

John le Carré’s first spy novel appeared in 1961 and nearly 60 years and 25 books later, he’s still at it. Compared to his last novel, Agent Running in the Field is full on modern day spy story. His hero, Nat, is a spy on his way out pulled back in for what is likely …

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Spy Games – Clue : Secrets And Spies

Every so often I'll be highlighting some of the spy games I've picked up from various second hand stores over the years. I haven't played most of these yet, as finding willing spy game participants can be tricky, but I'm hoping to road test some of these as the kids get older. Although it is …

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In Praise of Adam Hall and Quiller

Over time many authors have sung the praises of the Quiller books. I found authors as varied as a spy novelist who writes from a Christian perspective to a writer of Florida based pulp novels. I found quite a few examples of writers expressing their admiration online. Among them was Shane Black screenwriter of Lethal …

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John le Carré’s letter to the editor

In the run up to the release of Agent Running in the Field I'll be highlighting some le Carré tidbits I've collected over time. As a celebrity, you are always more likely to get your letters to the editor published than most of the public. Bonus points if it's humorous or picking a fight with …

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Broken Covers – Adam Hall

Publishers are always looking to refresh the backlist of authors and sell more copies. In the 70’s the beautiful painted book covers went out of fashion and photo covers came into vogue. The UK publisher Fontana had paperback rights to many of the well known thriller writers of the time like Desmond Bagley, Alastair Maclean, …

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Quick Take reviews – The Bayern Agenda, The Paris Diversion and Mac B., Kid Spy Book 2

I've read a few spy related books recently and thought I'd offer a quick round up of some recent releases. The Bayern Agenda - Dan Moren I've always thought that spies and scifi can be a good fit. By setting your book in the far future you can play with some of the spy tropes without …

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