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Espionage & spy thriller

See below for a selection of the latest books from Espionage & spy thriller category. Presented with a red border are the Espionage & spy thriller books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Espionage & spy thriller books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Smiley's People

Smiley's People

Author: John le Carré Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/01/2020

The murdered man had been an agent - once, long ago. But George Smiley's superiors at the Secret Service want to see the crime buried, not solved. Smiley will not leave it at that, not when it might lead him all the way to Karla, the elusive Soviet spymaster . . . Smiley's People is a thrilling confrontation between one of the most famous spies in all fiction and his Cold War rival, Karla. Like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Honourable Schoolboy, it is as tense and unforgettable as only le Carre's novels can be.

The Honourable Schoolboy

The Honourable Schoolboy

Author: John le Carré Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/12/2019

It is a beleaguered and betrayed Secret Service that has been put in the care of George Smiley. A mole has been uncovered at the organisation's highest levels - and its agents across the world put in grave danger. But untangling the traitor's web gives Smiley a chance to attack his Russian counterpart, Karla. And part-time spy Jerry Westerby is the weapon at Smiley's disposal. The Honourable Schoolboy is remarkable and thrilling, one of three books (together with Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Smiley's People) to feature the legendary clash between Smiley and Karla, two brilliant spymasters on opposite sides of the Cold War.

Mission Critical

Mission Critical

Author: Mark Greaney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/12/2019

From Mark Greaney, the New York Times bestselling author of Gunmetal Gray and a co-author of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels, comes a high-stakes thriller featuring the world's most dangerous assassin: the Gray Man. Court Gentry's flight on a CIA transport plane is interrupted when a security team brings a hooded man aboard. They want to kick Gentry off the flight but are overruled by CIA headquarters. The mystery man is being transported to England where a joint CIA/MI6 team will interrogate him about a mole in Langley. When they land in an isolated airbase in the UK, they are attacked by a hostile force and the prisoner is kidnapped. Only Gentry escapes. His handlers send him after the attackers, but what can one operative do against a trained team of assassins? A lot, when that operative is the Gray Man.

Man on Edge

Man on Edge

Author: Humphrey Hawksley Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/11/2019

Tom Clancy's Code of Honour

Tom Clancy's Code of Honour

Author: Marc Cameron Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/11/2019

The gripping new thriller in Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series - now a major Amazon Prime TV series, starring John Krasinski In Indonesia, an American gaming engineer is coerced into parting with cutting edge Artificial Intelligence software. The implications are devastating - it will wreak havoc the wrong hands. A garbled message from his old friend Father Pat West warns President Jack Ryan of impending technology crisis - and that Father Pat is in deadly danger. With the Campus on the trail of the potentially destructive computer programme, Jack races to save his friend. He can ill-afford to waste time, for his opponents back in Washington D. C. are itching for any opportunity for sabotage - could treason be brewing? As the network of theft and deception grows ever more tangled, a sinister plot is taking shape. President Jack Ryan finds himself in his darkest straits yet, with a Chinese conspiracy trailing all the way to the White House... _________________ PRAISE FOR TOM CLANCY 'Exhilarating. No other novelist is giving so full a picture of modern conflict' Sunday Times 'A brilliantly constructed thriller that packs a punch like Semtex' Daily Mail 'A virtuoso display of page-turning talent' Sunday Express 'Heart-stopping action ... entertaining and eminently topical' Washington Post

The Night Agent A Novel

The Night Agent A Novel

Author: Matthew Quirk Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2019

ONE OF THE BEST THRILLERS TO COME ALONG IN YEARS. -MICHAEL CONNELLY To save America from a catastrophic betrayal, an FBI agent must stop a Russian mole in the White House... No one is more surprised than FBI Agent Peter Sutherland when he's tapped to work in the White House Situation Room. When Peter was a boy, his father was suspected of selling secrets to the Russians-a breach that cost him his career, his reputation, and eventually his life. Now Peter's job is monitoring an emergency line for a call that has not-and might never-come. Until tonight. At 1:05 a.m. the phone rings. A terrified young woman named Rose tells Peter that two people have just been murdered and that the killer might still be in the house with her. One of the victims gave her this phone number with urgent instructions: Tell them OSPREY was right. It's happening... The call thrusts Peter into the heart of a conspiracy years in the making, involving a Russian mole at the highest levels of the U.S. government. Anyone in the White House could be the traitor. Anyone could be corrupted. To save the nation, Peter must take the rules into his own hands, question everything, and trust no one. Matthew Quirk moves into David Baldacci and John Grisham territory with The Night Agent. -JOSEPH FINDER

The Drop & The List

The Drop & The List

Author: Mick Herron Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2019

Two Slough House Novellas **THE DROP** 'It is time Mick Herron was recognised in his own right as the best thriller writer in Britain today' Sunday Express Old spooks carry the memory of tradecraft in their bones, and when Solomon Dortmund sees an envelope being passed from one pair of hands to another in a Marylebone cafe, he knows he's witnessed more than an innocent encounter. But in relaying his suspicions to John Bachelor, who babysits retired spies like Solly, he sets in train events which will alter lives. Bachelor himself, a hair's breadth away from sleeping in his car, is clawing his way back to stability; Hannah Weiss, the double agent whose recruitment was his only success, is starting to enjoy the secrets and lies her role demands; and Lech Wicinski, an Intelligence Service analyst, finds that a simple favour for an old acquaintance might derail his career. Meanwhile, Lady Di Taverner is trying to keep the Service on an even keel, and if that means throwing the odd crew member overboard, well: collateral damage is her speciality. A drop, in spook parlance, is the passing on of secret information. It's also what happens just before you hit the ground. **THE LIST** 'Mick Herron is an incredible writer and if you haven't read him yet, you NEED to' Mark Billingham Dieter Hess, an aged spy, is dead, and John Bachelor, his MI5 handler, is in deep, deep trouble. Death has revealed that the deceased had been keeping a secret second bank account - and there's only ever one reason a spy has a secret second bank account. The question of whether he was a double agent must be resolved, and its answer may undo an entire career's worth of spy secrets. **previously published as two separate editions**

Tom Clancy's Code of Honour

Tom Clancy's Code of Honour

Author: Marc Cameron Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/11/2019

The gripping new thriller in Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series - now a major Amazon Prime TV series, starring John Krasinski In an off-limits computer lab near Chicago, a mole infiltrates and steals a sophisticated piece of government security software. The implications are devastating - but it's only half the prize. In Indonesia, an American engineer is seduced into spilling secrets about a cutting edge Artificial Intelligence chip. The information seems harmless, but will wreak havoc the wrong hands. In the White House, discontent with the President is rising - but could it amount to treason? As the network of theft and deception grows ever more tangled, a sinister plot is taking shape. President Jack Ryan finds himself in his darkest straits yet, with US communications compromised and a Russian leader who has gone dangerously over the edge...

White Hot Silence

White Hot Silence

Author: Henry Porter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2019

The stunning new thriller from 'the proud carrier of the flag first unfurled by John le Carre' (LEE CHILD) 'An espionage master' CHARLES CUMMING 'Timely and terrific' MICK HERRON on Firefly 'Epic ... remarkable ... his best book yet' Sunday Times on Firefly Aid worker Anastasia Christakos is driving through Calabria to visit one of the new refugee centres funded by her husband, billionaire Denis Hisami, when she slows down to greet two African migrants she recognises. Too late she realises it is an ambush. She manages a desperate phone call to Hisami before her Mafia kidnappers drug her. Hours later she wakes up on a container ship, powering eastwards across the Mediterranean. Anastasia has been abducted and held hostage because Hisami has explosive information that his enemies have killed for and will kill for again. But Hisami's time as a commander with the Kurdish Peshmerga has caught up with him, and the US authorities have jailed him for possible past terrorist activities. For all his wealth, he is powerless to save his wife. Only one man can help him. Paul Samson, former MI6 agent and a genius at tracking missing persons. He's the obvious choice. There's only one snag. Samson was, and probably still is, in love with Anastasia. If he manages to locate and save her, will it be for Hisami - or himself?

The Ottoman Secret

The Ottoman Secret

Author: Raymond Khoury Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2019

'Alternate histories don't get much better than this thought-provoking mind bender... This ranks as a classic of the genre.' Publishers Weekly 'A sweeping and cinematic dystopian thriller that wears its smartness on its sleeve' Independent PARIS, 2017. 300 YEARS AFTER ALL OF EUROPE FELL TO THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE . . . Kamal Agha is a special investigator for the state police, upholding the feared sultan's strict regime. When a mysteriously tattooed, naked man appears by the Seine and murders a passerby, Kamal is tasked with finding him. But the man holds an astonishing secret-a secret which could put the empire's entire future, and history, in doubt. A secret the sultan's men will do anything to suppress. Forced on the run, Kamal knows he will be killed for what he knows-unless he dares use it to save himself. But doing so could wipe out his whole world, and everyone he ever loved along with it . . . _________ 'An alternative history tale that will blow your mind. Thoroughly engrossing' DAVID BALDACCI 'A thrilling tour de force. Left me in awe' JAMES ROLLINS 'A masterpiece on a grand scale. A stellar epic' STEVE BERRY 'A world-class writer of pure-bred thrillers' Daily Telegraph

Launch Code

Launch Code

Author: Michael (Author) Ridpath Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/11/2019

'Hugely enjoyable and thought-provoking, Launch Code brings to mind the classic thrillers of Alister Maclean and Jack Higgins. A well-crafted ingenious mystery, tightly plotted, compelling and contemporary, this could well be Michael Ridpath's best novel yet.' - Stav Sherez, author of the Carrigan & Miller series November 1983: Three hundred feet beneath the Atlantic, submarine Lieutenant Bill Guth and his fellow officers suddenly receive the order they've long-dreaded - to launch their nuclear missiles in a retaliatory strike against the USSR. But in the unexpected chaos that follows, one person on board lies dead... Norfolk, 2019: Bill Guth's annual family gathering is interrupted when a historian turns up unannounced to ask about the near-apocalyptic incident back in 1983. Bill refuses to answer. But that night, the historian is brutally murdered. Bill and his family are thrown under suspicion. What happened all those years ago? Just how much is Bill to blame for events in the past, and indeed the present? As the layers of history reveal themselves, it becomes clear there is a killer at work who will stop at nothing to keep the secrets of 1983 where they belong... 'Deadly state secrets and deadlier family secrets - perfectly crafted, scrupulously researched Launch Code weaves an ingeniously dark and tangled web that will keep you gripped and guessing to the very end. Ridpath is one of the best thriller writers around.' - Craig Russell, author of The Devil Aspect

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Author: John le Carré Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/11/2019

George Smiley, who is a troubled man of infinite compassion, is also a single-mindedly ruthless adversary as a spy. The scene which he enters is a Cold War landscape of moles and lamplighters, scalp-hunters and pavement artists, where men are turned, burned or bought for stock. Smiley's mission is to catch a Moscow Centre mole burrowed thirty years deep into the Circus itself.