I would have to call that the most bizarre "Top However Many" list I have ever seen. Personally, I couldn't get through the Mailer book (which is a problem I have had with a lot of his stuff). Anyone who knows me will tell you I am a major fan of Rex Stout's work, and The Second Confession is a fine murder mystery, but it's no more an espionage or spy novel than it is a work of lyric poetry. Gorky Park is fringe-spy-novel territory.Our Man in Havana and The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, those I'd buy as reasonable choices.And...didn't we just have this discussion (albeit not limited to post-WW2 books)?
The Mailer book is a bad April Fool's Day joke a week late, or the guy is buts.No Charles McCarry?
Nuts, not buts.
I thought the list was . . . eccentric. Some really weird choices.
My computer couldn't/wouldn't connect to the page, but I hope the list included THE QUILLER MEMORANDUM.
I don't know what is going on with The Strand, or at least its blogs, but it is sad to see a fine magazine deteriorate to the point that it printing gibberish. A few weeks ago one of their bloggers did a list of the Ten Best Women Detectives that included Irene Adler and Vivien Sternwood and said that Adler first appeared in the short story A Scandal in Belgravia.
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