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Staff Picks - Spy Stories (Fiction & Non-Fiction)

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All titles can be found in the fiction section unless otherwise noted. 

Phantom: an Alex Hawke Novel
by Ted Bell.
When a Russian sub is hijacked and American missiles launch at a plane they’re meant to protect, counterspy Alex Hawke and his MI6 colleague investigate.

The Secret Soldier
by Alex Berenson.
CIA operative John Wells goes undercover in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon to find conspirators bent on tearing down the monarchy of King Abdullah.

In Farleigh Field
by Rhys Bowen
When a parachuter falls to his death on the estate of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is tasked with investigating at the same time one of the daughters takes a secret job at Bletchley Park.

Agent X
by Noah Boyd
Rogue former FBI agent Steve Vail races against time to track down a Russian intelligence officer who may have been caught trying to identify treasonous Americans.

The Spy Who Jumped Off the Screen
by Thomas Caplan
Covert operative turned A-list movie star Ty Hunter uses all his skills as a spy, soldier, and actor to match wits with an enigmatic and evil billionaire.

A Foreign Country
by Charles Cumming
The newly appointed first female Chief of MI6 disappears and disgraced former officer Thomas Kell is offered a chance to redeem his career by finding her.

The Trinity Six
by Charles Cumming
The identity of the secret 6th member of the infamous Cambridge spy ring becomes a matter of survival to a Russian history academic who is entangled in a plot involving MI6 and the highest levels of Russian government.

Carte Blanche: 007
by Jeffery Deaver
A James bond thriller set in the present day finds the spy engaging a horrific modern villain in a cat-and-mouse chase taking him from the Balkans and London to the African continent.

Pineapple Grenade
by Tim Dorsey
Serge Storms has finagled his way into becoming a secret agent in Miami, spying for a banana republic; will he have time for a cocktail before Homeland security brings him down?

The Blind Spy
by Alex Dryden
When Burt Miller discovers Russia’s plans to destroy Ukraine’s independence, he calls upon Anna Resnikov to run interference.

Sentinel: A Spycatcher Novel
by Matthew Dunn
The U.S. and Russia are on the brink of war and only intelligence agent Will Cochrane can find the diabolical double-agent who has started it all.

A Burial at Sea
by Charles Finch
In March 1873 aristocratic sleuth Charles Lennox undertakes a mission to Egypt where five British agents have been killed, apparently by the French. However, on the sea voyage to Egypt, he must first solve the mystery of why a crew member is murdered and left eviscerated on the deck.

A Column of Fire
by Ken Follett
The relationship between a man in service to Elizabeth I and a woman on the opposing side of England's religious divide is challenged by violent ideological power shifts, torn loyalties, and the queen's circle of spies.

Red Star Burning
by Brian Freemantle
Hiding his marriage to a Russian intelligence colonel, knowing that the discovery would result in her execution, MI5 agent Charlie leads a frantic mission to outwit both governments and save his family when their secret is exposed.

Mission to Paris
by Alan Furst
Arriving in Paris on the eve of the Munich Appeasement in 1938, Hollywood star Frederic Stahl is unwittingly entangled in the region’s shifting political currents when he discovers that his latest film is linked to the destinies of fascists, Nazis, and Hollywood publicists.

Bloodmoney
by David Ignatius
Someone in Pakistan is killing the members of a new CIA intelligence unit that is trying to buy peace with America’s enemies. Sophie Marx, a young CIA officer, must figure out who is doing the killing and why.

Istanbul Passage
by Joseph Kanon
In 1945 Istanbul, American undercover agent Leon Bauer’s attempt to save a life leads to a desperate manhunt, a game of shifting loyalties and an unexpected love affair.

The Moment
by Douglas Kennedy
Thomas is unsettled by the arrival of a package from Berlin and remembers an intense love affair with a police state refugee who was haunted by the city’s division and the Cold War.

Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Dominion: a New Jason Bourne Novel
by Eric Lustbader
Bourne is searching for an elusive cadre of terrorists planning to destroy America’s most strategic natural resources.

Hunt the Wolf: A SEAL Team Six Novel
by Don Mann
Navy SEAL Thomas Crocker and his highly trained team must break a web of terrorist cells to find a ruthless sheikh at the helm of an international kidnapping ring.

Jack 1939
by Francine Mathews
Tapped by Pres. Franklin Roosevelt to travel to Europe and learn what the Nazis are planning, 22-year-old John F. Kennedy joins the president’s efforts to stop the flow of German money influencing the 1940 election.

Trapeze
by Simon Mawer
During WWII, Briton Marian Sutro is recruited for service in the Special Operations Executive, only to find that another secret organization wants her to infiltrate Paris to persuade a research physicist to join the Allies.

The Expats
by Chris Pavone
A former CIA agent moves with her family to Luxembourg where everything is suspicious and nothing is as it seems.

Portrait of a Spy
by Daniel Silva
After failing to stop a suicide bomber attack in London, master art restorer/assassin Gabriel Allon is summoned by the CIA and faced with an organization ill-equipped to deal with jihadist terror.

An American Spy
by Olen Steinhauer
When the CIA’s Department of Tourism is dismantled by an elaborate Chinese Intelligence scheme that has caused many agent deaths, survivor Milo Weaver is placed at risk by his former boss, who uses one of Milo’s aliases to exact revenge.

Once a Spy
by Keith Thomson
Discovering that his apartment has been blown up by would-be killers, gambler Charlie Clark figures out that his Alzheimer’s patient father was once a spy for the CIA and was part of an operation that sold faulty nuclear technology to terrorists.

The Garden Intrigue
by Lauren Willig
Hiding intelligence clues in bad poetry that he writes from his vantage point in France, undercover agent Augustus Whittlesby is forced to gain the favor of American widow Emma in order to collect information about a top-secret device being shown at a house party.

The Orphanmaster
by Jean Zimmerman
In seventeenth-century New Amsterdam, twenty-two-year-old trader Blandine von Couvering and British spy Edward Drummond investigate the mysterious disappearance of orphan children.

NON-FICTION

Operation Kronstadt (327.1241)
by Harry Feguson
A former MI6 officer and spy describes the daring naval rescue attempt in 1919 to save a British agent trapped in Russia during the power struggle between the former Tsarists and Bolsheviks.

The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA From 9/11 to the Eavesdropping On America (327.1273)
by James Bamford
Looks at the NSA in the wake of 9/11, its role in the Bush administration’s controversial domestic wiretapping program, and its ongoing search for information about America’s elusive enemies.

The Interrogator (327.1273 C278)
by Glenn Carle
Presents an account of an interrogation of a suspected al-Qaeda leader, including the CIA’s response to his findings.

The Art of Intelligence: Lessons From a Life in the CIA’s Clandestine Service (327.1273 C956)
by Henry Crumpton
A counterterrorism spy describes his leadership of the campaign that routed al Qaeda and the Taliban in the weeks after 9/11.

Fair Game (327.1273 W753)
by Valerie Plame Wilson
The woman at the center of the Bush administration’s CIA leak scandal breaks her silence about her training and experiences, and life as an undercover operative.

Tiger Trap: America’s Secret Spy War with China (327.51073)
by David Wise
A history of Chinese espionage in America draws on interviews with key FBI & CIA insiders, focusing on double agent Katrina Leung and the scientist known as Tiger Trap, who was suspected of stealing nuclear weapons secrets.

Spy Sub: A Top Secret Mission to the Bottom of the Pacific (359.933)
by Roger Dunham
Recounts the efforts of a U.S. Navy sub to find a Russian nuclear sub that had been lost in the North Pacific.

The Secrets of the FBI (363.25097)
by Ronald Kessler
The FBI is involved in almost every aspect of American life. Kessler draws on agent interviews about famous cases to reveal the Bureau’s inner workings and some of its most deeply held secrets.

The Triple Agent: the al-Qaeda Mole Who Infiltrated the CIA (363.32509 B171)
by John Warrick
A Pulitzer-Prize winning intelligence reporter presents a narrative account of a mysterious Jordanian agent that describes how he infiltrated both al-Qaeda & the CIA before killing himself and seven CIA operatives in a suicide bombing.

Sleeping With the Enemy: Coco Chanel’s Secret War (746.92092 C456)
by Hal Vaughan
Discusses how the famous French fashion designer became a German intelligence operative during World War II, including how and why she was enlisted in spy missions, and how she rebuilt her empire after her post-war exile.

The Science of James Bond: From Bullets to Bowler Hats to Boat Jumps, the Real Technology Behind 007’s Fabulous Films (823.914)
by Lois Gresh
Examines the scientific basis for Ian Fleming’s Agent 007’s unique collection of gadgets.

The Spy Wore Silk (940.5486 A411)
by Aline, Countess of Romanones
The author reveals a true story of royalty and murder as she searches the backstreets of Marrakesh and palaces of Casablanca to ensure the survival of Morocco’s King Hassan — and her own.

McArthur’s Spies: The Soldier, the Singer, and the Spymaster Who Defied the Japanese in World War II (940.548 EISNER)
by Peter Eisner
An assessment of the military strategies and espionage activities in occupied Manila during World War II traces how a daring Filipino and American team hid in the Luzon hills to prepare for MacArthur's return and sabotage Japanese efforts.

Agent Zigzag: a True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love and Betrayal (940.54864 C466)
by Ben Macintyre
Portrait of the ultimate double agent trained by the Nazis who became a British agent.

The Irregulars: Roald Dahl & the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington (940.54864)
by Jennet Conant
Young writer-to-be Roald Dahl was assigned to Washington, D.C. as a diplomat to gather intelligence about America’s isolationist circles.

Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage (940.54867 D687)
by Douglas Waller
A mythic figure whose legacy is still intensely debated, he was director of the Office of Strategic Services (the U.S.’s first national intelligence agency) & the father of the CIA.

They Dared Return (940.54867)
by Patrick O’Donnell
A never-before-told WWII story of Jewish soldiers on a dangerous mission within the Third Reich.

Agent Garbo: How a Brilliant, Eccentric Spy Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day (940.58641 P979)
by Stephan Talty
Describes the life of Juan Pujol, a farmer who opposed the Nazis & concocted a series of staggering lies that lead to his becoming one of Germany’s most-valued spies, while actually acting as a double-agent for the Allies. This book is fascinating.

Hitler’s Spy Chief (943.08609 C213)
by Richard Bassett
Offers the story of Wilhelm Canaris, Hitler’s intelligence chief, and his role in the conspiracy to assassinate the Nazi leader.

Unlikely Allies: How a Merchant, a Playwright, and a Spy Saved the American Revolution (973.385)
by Joel Paul
Documents the three individuals who used sexual deception and espionage to smuggle weapons and supplies to the colonists in an effort to win the American Revolution.

Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies (940.54214)
by Ben Macintyre
Traces the sophisticated D-Day operation through which extraordinary spies deceived the Nazis about the location of the Allied attack, profiling the successful Double Cross System and the remarkable individuals who used the program to save thousands of lives.

A Very Expensive Poison: The Assassination of Alexander Litvinenko and Putin’s War with the West (327.124 LITVINENKO)
by Luke Harding
An account of the life, poisoning death and legacy of journalist and Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko traces the author's own life-risking investigation through Litvinenko’s final months infiltrating the arenas of organized criminals and political power players.

Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures, 1935 - 1961 (813.52 HEMINGWAY)
by Nicholas E. Reynolds
A former CIA officer and curator of the CIA Museum unveils the astonishing untold story of Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway's secret life as a spy for both the American and Soviets before and during World War II.