The Bottom Line: The real-life inspiration for James Bond proves to be every bit as riveting as any of Ian Fleming’s creations. Larry Loftis’ tale of true espionage, assassination and seduction is one of the most remarkable books we’ve read all year. “If a spy wasn’t a criminal before the secret service,” writes biographer Larry […]
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The Bottom Line: A delicious police procedural based on one of France’s most intriguing real-life spy scandals. The bachelor detective in an Officer and a Spy is French, not Belgium. Rather than operating a private detective agency, he serves as an officer in the French government. Still, the fastidious observations of Georges Picquart are sure […]
Many people who worked in national security and espionage—professions that prize discretion—have turned to successful careers as novelists. These former spies, security advisers, counter-terrorism operators and intelligence directors lend a realistic, veteran approach to their prose, but their books still don’t give up all their secrets. Here are some of the best. John Stockwell A […]
The life of outed CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson, author of Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, gets the Hollywood thriller treatment in the theatrical release starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn.
Daniel Silva, author of Moscow Rules, The Assassin and The Rembrandt Affair, is the latest writer of bestselling spy fiction to catch journalist’s ears. In the midst of the ongoing revelations about the Russian spies caught in the United States, Silva was quoted in an op-ed piece by the Huffington Post’s Keith Thomson: Part of […]
Novelist Brad Thor has broken an exclusive news item that Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar had been captured in Pakistan. Thor is a columnist on conservative site Big Government. As of now, the U.S. government has neither confirmed nor denied the news. In his post, Thor implied that the capture was the work of the […]
Hardly a year goes by without a juicy international incident involving the CIA. Plotting to overthrow foreign governments. Using illegal interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists. Secret assassination squads. With so many real-life scandals, it’s no wonder that screenwriters love to feature protagonists from “The Company.” With that said, my current Top 10 list features not […]