The Book of Spies The Book of Spies

The Book of Spies

An Anthology of Literary Espionage

Alan Furst and Others
    • 3.8 • 17 Ratings
    • $6.99
    • $6.99

Publisher Description

An anthology of the world’s best literary espionage, selected by a contemporary master of the genre, Alan Furst.

Here is an extraordinary collection of work from some of the finest novelists of the twentieth century. Inspired by the politics of tyranny or war, each of these writers chose the base elements of spy fiction—highly evolved spy fiction—as the framework for a literary novel. Thus Alan Furst offers a diverse array of selections that combine raw excitement and intellectual sophistication in an expertly guided tour of the dark world of clandestine conflict.

These are not just stories of professional intelligence officers. We meet diplomats, political police, agents provocateurs, secret operatives, resistance fighters, and assassins—players in the Great Game, or victims of the Cold War. The Book of Spies brings us the aristocratic intrigues of The Scarlet Pimpernel, in which French émigrés duel with Robespierre’s secret service; the savage political realities of the 1930s in Eric Ambler’s classic A Coffin for Dimitrios; the ordinary citizens (well, almost) of John le Carré’s The Russia House, who are drawn into Cold War spy games; and the 1950s Vietnam of Graham Greene’s The Quiet American, with its portrait of American idealism and duplicity.

Drawing on acknowledged classics and rediscovered treasures, Alan Furst’s The Book of Spies delivers literate entertainment and excitement on every page.

GENRE
Mysteries & Thrillers
RELEASED
2003
May 13
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
400
Pages
PUBLISHER
Random House Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
2.8
MB

Customer Reviews

Prideful Terrier ,

Not bad

Meh. All pedestrian excerpts which, if you like this stuff, you're almost certainly already familiar with. I like this stuff, and find that some of the higher-middlebrow nonfiction material-'Ghost Wars," Christopher Andrew for example, or Hastings' 'Secret War'-coming to market lately is actually more to my taste. But I'm a sucker for John LeCarre and Paul Christopher. Which I guess is the point. Furst himself badly needs a new editor and a reeducation on how to more efficiently and compellingly create "Period atmosphere."

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