Strand Magazine recently commissioned writer ex-spy Matthew Dunn to come up with an all time list of Espionage Novels worth reading. Dunn, an espionage genre author himself, is the master of the following list via Strand Magazine. More on Dunn’s work at the end of this post.
--THE SECRET AGENT by Joseph Conrad
--TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY by John Le Carre
MI6 has a Russian mole, and retired MI6 controller George Smiley is asked to investigate. Having identified four MI6 suspects, Smiley moves through a labyrinth of secrecy, lies, and false impressions. With every step the wise spy takes, increasing sadness consumes him as he draws closer to a rot within the state he once served. A masterclass in espionage writing..
Dunn Deal: One of his works is being made into a TV series in the UK, but that’s only rumor until we receive a confirming cable.