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marilynmonroe Thu 17-Mar-16 17:24:47

I have asked this before for my husband's last birthday but I want to get him a couple of more books for this birthday. He loves intelligent thrillers/spy stories. He's read all of john le carre and most mainstream spy thrillers - anyone got any other ideas?

I quite enjoyed this recently.

There's a follow up too, called 'The Twelfth Department'.

EllaHen Thu 17-Mar-16 17:59:36

I've just started I Am Pilgrim. Good so far but it is very long.

CoteDAzur Thu 17-Mar-16 22:25:45

Forget Le Carre. At the moment, the best author of spy thrillers is Charles Cummings. Start with A Spy By Nature.

CoteDAzur Thu 17-Mar-16 22:28:50

Charles Cumming, rather.

magimedi Thu 17-Mar-16 22:44:44

Another vote for Charles Cummings.

magimedi Thu 17-Mar-16 22:45:18



I am blaming that error on Cote grin

CoteDAzur Thu 17-Mar-16 22:47:59


cressetmama Fri 18-Mar-16 10:51:02

Charles Cumming is excellent, but there has not been anything new for ages, or have I missed something?

magimedi Fri 18-Mar-16 11:05:37

A Divided Spy is coming out in early June! Can't wait - but am not paying £9.00 for it.

iklboo Fri 18-Mar-16 11:20:36

Mark Dawson - either the John Milton or the Soho Noir series.

marilynmonroe Fri 18-Mar-16 18:42:21

Thank you! He's read Charles cumming and was not blown away! I'll look up the other revs! Thanks! X

I tried a Charles Cummings and found the writing style rather pedestrian tbh - didn't finish it.

Not necessarily spies, but Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther series (set in Nazi Germany and the aftermath) are well worth a read.

tripfiction Sun 20-Mar-16 17:05:16

Try Chris Pavone, who has recently published The Travelers (you may have come across the Expats?)

And Jihadi is also just recently out, stays with you, but it's an unusual format by by Yusuf Toropov

cressetmama Mon 21-Mar-16 10:52:27

Years ago now, and I haven't seen them except in the library, there were a couple of thrillers by Gavin Esler (of BBC news fame) which were set in the US, and very good.

Would second Remus on the Bernie Gunther series, especially the first three, and most of the other Philip Kerr novels.

And, while they are not spy novels, I like Douglas Kennedy's novels which read like thrillers. I just read The Memory which I found on the doctor's MacMillan Nurses fundraising trolley for 50p, but I have liked all his books (except the first).

marilynmonroe Wed 23-Mar-16 16:48:09

Thank you, the philip kerr ones sound good.

I used to like Douglas Kennedy but went off him, maybe I should give him another try.

ladydepp Wed 23-Mar-16 17:38:47

My BIL is a big fan of Len Deighton, and Kolymsky Heights by Lionel Davidson is a good spy thriller.

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