Saturday, April 09, 2016

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

Top Five Cold War Spy Novels 

8 comments:

Don Coffin said...

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)?

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

The Mailer book is a bad April Fool's Day joke a week late, or the guy is buts.

No Charles McCarry?

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Nuts, not buts.

Bill Crider said...

I thought the list was . . . eccentric. Some really weird choices.

Fred Blosser said...

My computer couldn't/wouldn't connect to the page, but I hope the list included THE QUILLER MEMORANDUM.

Bill Crider said...

Nope.

Randy Clark said...

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.

Bill Crider said...

Ha.