I put some challenges up on my sidebar about two years ago, in an effort to stimulate my reading in certain previously neglected areas, the spy book being one of them. The fact that something was intended to be there for a year ended up taking two to complete and in the case of the others has been arbitrarily extended to include next year anyway, shows that I perhaps haven't been too successful. 2014/2015/2016 READING CHALLENGE - ESPIONAGE/SPY
Well I got there in the end with this one and looking back I enjoyed all the books. Olen Steinhauer is an obvious favourite - his two recent novels scored top marks and his shorter novellas slightly less. Jamie Mason and Mick Herron are two authors I'll definitely look to read more from in the future.
Of the 12 - 9 are from this decade, 2 are 70s and old school Cold War themed, 1 is a 100 year old classic.
If I had to choose a favourite, today it might be Freemantle's Charlie M - a book and a protagonist that I still think of on and off nearly two years after reading. Tomorrow it might be Mick Herron and Friday Mr Steinhauer.
I will read more in this genre in the future. Authors on the shelves that were ignored for this on/off challenge include......... Charles McCarry, Robert Littell, John Le Carre, Len Deighton, Stella Rimington, Ian Fleming, Alan Furst, Eric Ambler, Graham Greene, Robert Ludlum, Victor Canning, Anthony Price......that's 12 for starters - enough to set myself another challenge!
I'd quite like to read my way through a series or two a book a month - a proper Cold War series like Smiley or Charlie M. Something to think about at least....