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15 Classic Spy Novels

Revisit your favorite spy novels! Get lost in a tale of espionage and double agents including classics by Graham Greene and John le Carré.
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    American Spy Book Cover Picture
    American Spy Book Cover Picture

    American Spy

    by Lauren Wilkinson

    Inspired by true events, American Spy knits together a gripping spy thriller, a heartbreaking family drama, and a passionate romance, set during the Cold War.
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    A Legacy of Spies Book Cover Picture
    A Legacy of Spies Book Cover Picture

    A Legacy of Spies

    by John le Carré

    Interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own intense story, John le Carré has spun a single plot as ingenious and thrilling as the two predecessors on which it looks back: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. In a story resonating with tension, humor and moral ambivalence, le Carré and his narrator Peter Guillam present the reader with a legacy of unforgettable characters old and new.
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    A Legacy of Spies Book Cover Picture

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    The Secret Agent Book Cover Picture
    The Secret Agent Book Cover Picture

    The Secret Agent

    by Joseph Conrad

    This intense 1907 thriller–a precursor to works by Graham Greene and John le Carré–concerns a British double agent who infiltrates a cabal of anarchists. Conrad explores political and criminal intrigue in a modern society.
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    Agent in Place Book Cover Picture

    Agent in Place

    by Mark Greaney

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    The Day of the Jackal Book Cover Picture
    The Day of the Jackal Book Cover Picture

    The Day of the Jackal

    by Frederick Forsyth

    The Jackal. A tall, blond Englishman with opaque, gray eyes. A killer at the top of his profession. A man unknown to any secret service in the world. An assassin with a contract to kill the world’s most heavily guarded man.
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    Our Man in Havana Book Cover Picture
    Our Man in Havana Book Cover Picture

    Our Man in Havana

    by Graham Greene

    MI6’s man in Havana is Wormold, a former vacuum-cleaner salesman turned reluctant secret agent out of economic necessity. To keep his job, he files bogus reports based on Charles Lamb’s Tales from Shakespeare and dreams up military installations from vacuum-cleaner designs. Then his stories start coming disturbingly true…
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    The Hunt for Red October Book Cover Picture
    The Hunt for Red October Book Cover Picture

    The Hunt for Red October

    by Tom Clancy

    Somewhere under the freezing Atlantic, a Soviet sub commander has just made a fateful decision. The Red October is heading west. The Americans want her. The Russians want her back. The chase for the highly advanced nuclear submarine is on—and there’s only one man who can find her. Brilliant CIA analyst Jack Ryan has little interest in fieldwork, but when covert photographs of Red October land on his desk, Ryan soon finds himself in the middle of a high-stakes game of hide-and-seek played by two world powers—a game that could end in all-out war.
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    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Book Cover Picture
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Book Cover Picture

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    by Stieg Larsson

    Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.
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    The Riddle of the Sands Book Cover Picture
    The Riddle of the Sands Book Cover Picture

    The Riddle of the Sands

    by Erskine Childers

    The Riddle of the Sands takes readers back to the early days of the twentieth century, when Britain shared a tense rivalry with the Kaiser’s Germany. Tempted by the idea of duck shooting, Carruthers is lured by his friend Davies into a yachting expedition in the Baltic, only to discover that the itinerary involves more than killing fowl. Soon they’re on a wild journey of intrigue, meeting danger at every turn, and ultimately unraveling Germany’s secret plans to invade England.
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    Eye of the Needle Book Cover Picture
    Eye of the Needle Book Cover Picture

    Eye of the Needle

    by Ken Follett

    His code name was “The Needle.” He was a German aristocrat of extraordinary intelligence—a master spy with a legacy of violence in his blood, and the object of the most desperate manhunt in history. But his fate lay in the hands of a young and vulnerable English woman, whose loyalty, if swayed, would assure his freedom—and win the war for the Nazis.
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    Los Alamos Book Cover Picture
    Los Alamos Book Cover Picture

    Los Alamos

    by Joseph Kanon

    It is the spring of 1945. And Michael Connolly has been sent to Los Alamos to investigate the murder of a security officer on the Manhattan Project. But amid the glimmering cocktail parties and the staggering genius, Connolly will find more than he bargained for. Sleeping in a dead man’s bed and making love to another man’s wife, Connolly has entered the moral no-man’s-land of Los Alamos. For in this place of discovery and secrecy, hope and horror, Connolly is plunged into a shadowy war with a killer.
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    The Bourne Identity Book Cover Picture
    The Bourne Identity Book Cover Picture

    The Bourne Identity

    by Robert Ludlum

    His memory is a blank. His bullet-ridden body was fished from the Mediterranean Sea. His face has been altered by plastic surgery. A frame of microfilm has been surgically implanted in his hip. Even his name is a mystery. Marked for death, he is racing for survival through a bizarre world of murderous conspirators—led by Carlos, the world’s most dangerous assassin. Who is Jason Bourne? The answer may kill him.
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    The Bourne Identity Book Cover Picture

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    Need to Know Book Cover Picture
    Need to Know Book Cover Picture

    Need to Know

    by Karen Cleveland

    Vivian Miller. High-powered CIA analyst, happily married to a man she adores, mother of four beautiful children. Until the moment she makes a shocking discovery that makes her question everything she believes. She thought she knew her husband inside and out. But now she wonders if it was all a lie. How far will she go to learn the truth?
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    The Kill Artist Book Cover Picture

    The Kill Artist

    by Daniel Silva

    Immersed in the quiet, meticulous life of an art restorer, former Israeli intelligence operative Gabriel Allon keeps his past well behind him. But now he is being called back into the game—and teamed with an agent who hides behind her own mask…as a beautiful fashion model. Their target: a cunning terrorist on one last killing spree, a Palestinian zealot who played a dark part in Gabriel’s past.
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    The Innocent Book Cover Picture
    The Innocent Book Cover Picture

    The Innocent

    by Ian McEwan

    Twenty-five-year-old Leonard Marnham’s intelligence work—tunneling under a Russian communications center to tap the phone lines to Moscow—offers him a welcome opportunity to begin shedding his own unwanted innocence, even if he is only a bit player in a grim international comedy of errors. His relationship with Maria Eckdorf, an enigmatic and beautiful West Berliner, likewise promises to loosen the bonds of his ordinary life. But the promise turns to horror in the course of one terrible evening—a night when Marnham learns just how much of his innocence he’s willing to shed.
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