I still have spy novels on my mind. I was wondering if anyone could suggest a book concerning either or both of the following: 1) A book that brings up to date the book I have read, The British Spy Novel which was published in1984. That’s twenty-three years ago and there are surely writers who have come upon the scene in the ensuing years. 2) A book that covers American spy novelists. I know of Helen MacInnes, sometimes called the Queen of American Spy Novelists. But were there any other women spy novelists? Robert Ludlum whom I tried a couple of books and wasn’t enthusiastic about. Although I must say that I like the movies of The Bourne Identity
and The Bourne Supremacy
. And I understand that a third Bourne movie is being made. Trevanian was around for a while but I never tried any of his books. Don’t know for sure whether he was American or not. And I don’t know whether you can call Hammond Innes a spy novelists or not. An adventure thriller writer for sure. And Adam Hall (Elleston Trevor) whom I met one time at a Bouchercon shortly before his death. He was going to send me some notes on writing spy fiction but never got around to it, alas. My loss. I was looking forward to what he had to say. Anyway, I’m open to suggestions of books about the writing and writers of spy novels as well as recommendations of any that I’ve missed.