Category Archives: Espionage

Anthony Price: The Labyrinth Makers

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Funerals meant going outside, into the field, among strangers. And he was not a field man, never had been and never wanted to be. The back room among the files and the reports was his field. It was far more … Continue reading

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Adam Hall: The Quiller Memorandum

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We are alone. We are committed to the tenets of individual combat and there is no help for him who falls. Save a life and we save a man who will later watch us through the cross-hairs and squeeze the … Continue reading

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Philip Youngman Carter: Tales on the Off-Beat

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‘Pip’ Youngman Carter was the husband of Past Offences favourite Margery Allingham. He was a creative talent in his own right: book designer, journalist, and author (for more on PYC, see Barry Pike’s excellent essay at the Margery Allingham Society website). … Continue reading

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Partners in Crime – The Secret Adversary episode 1

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According to Mediatel, 6.5 million people watched the first episode of Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime last night, making it the number one show in the UK. The first episode was a fairly loose adaptation of The Secret Adversary, Agatha … Continue reading

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Len Deighton: The Ipcress File

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The Ipcress File Len Deighton First published in the UK 1962 by Hodder and Stoughton 288 pages This edition Harper; New Impression edition (1 Oct. 2009) ISBN: 9780586026199 Source: Norwich Millennium Library I knew all about Jay except how to ask him to sell me a … Continue reading

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George Sanders: Stranger at Home

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Stranger at Home George Sanders First published in the US 1946 by Simon & Schuster This edition Dean Street Press, 2015 ISBN: 9781910570074 Source: A review copy from the publisher Last month I reviewed the first novel published under the name of George Sanders, … Continue reading

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Margery Allingham and Philip Youngman Carter: Cargo of Eagles

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Cargo of Eagles Margery Allingham First published in the UK 1968 by Chatto & Windus This edition Vintage, 2008 ISBN: 9780099513285 223 pages Source: A Christmas present from Sarah, thanks Sarah! Cargo of Eagles was, sadly, Margery Allingham’s final book. After her death, her husband … Continue reading

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George Sanders: Crime on my Hands

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Crime on my Hands George Sanders First published in the US 1948 by Simon and Schuster This edition Dean Street Press, 2015 ISBN:  978 1 910570 06 7 Source: Publisher review copy I was contacted recently by Dean Street Press, a new imprint. We … Continue reading

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Eric Ambler: The Mask of Dimitrios

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The Mask of Dimitrios Eric Ambler with an introduction by Robert Harris First published in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton, 1939 This edition published 1999 by Macmillan 033374604X 304 pages Moira made the inspired choice of 1939 for my reading challenge … Continue reading

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Len Deighton: London Match

London Match Len Deighton First published in the UK 1985 by Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Ltd This edition Grafton Books, 1988 ISBN: 9780586066357 405 pages Source: Wymondham Duck Race ‘There’s no one in the German section with field experience comparable to yours. You’re bright as hell, … Continue reading

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