Spy Fiction

Reading into...Spy thriller

The Bancroft Strategy by Robert Ludlum

Orion/St Martin's Press, HK$210

Sunday, 17 December, 2006, 12:00am

Red Gold

Red Gold

by Alan Furst

Phoenix, $112

31 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Absolute Friends

Absolute Friends

by John Le Carre

Coronet $101

19 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Third Reich Nikita lifts espionage tale

HARVARD GRADUATE John Altman has chosen the murky world of World War II espionage as the setting for this, his debut novel.

Technically, A Gathering Of Spies is an accomplished piece of work and if it is viewed as purely a 'holiday read' then there is really little to criticise.

1 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

Television puffs blow up bigger storm than Floyd

A HURRICANE the size of Texas'. The phrase has hardly been out of ear-shot over the past few days as Floyd promised - and then failed - to be the storm of the century.

19 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

MI6 drug offensive seen as gimmick

Will Burmese Goldfingers soon be repeating similar warnings to the one delivered in the film: 'You are a clever and resourceful man, Mr Bond. Perhaps too clever. Twice our paths have crossed. Let's leave it at that.' Probably not. Nor do security experts expect suave British agents to attempt to cross into the Golden Triangle with exotically equipped cars anytime soon.

3 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

The spying game

Our Game by John le Carre Hodder & Stoughton $195 YOU would think that by 1995, the great reading public would have grown tired of stories of spies and secret agents, wouldn't you? The answer is no, not when they are created with this degree of artistry.

4 Mar 1995 - 12:00am


LEN Deighton is one of the masters of the well-researched spy novel. His grasp of historical fact, his deft touch and credible plotting have set standards most can only hope to emulate.

31 Oct 1993 - 12:00am

Agents of change

THE NIGHT MANAGER By John le Carre (Hodder, $195) SECRET arms deals, the drugs trade and corporate crimes that go unpunished, all come under attack in John le Carre's thought-provoking new novel.

5 Jun 1993 - 12:00am

American dreams, lies and espionage

HARLOT'S GHOST By Norman Mailer (Abacus, $152) THE light of a bedside table shines through the darkness of a Moscow hotel room projecting on to the wall microfilmed pages of Harry Hubbard's typed manuscript. It is March, 1984.

In March of the previous year, a badly-mutilated body was washed up on the mud-flats of Chesapeake Bay, Maryland.

3 Apr 1993 - 12:00am