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EdwardAGrainger
March 2 2015

John Le Carré’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Smiley’s Reckoning

In 1974’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, we finally have an account of George Smiley as a full-fledged intelligence officer after thirteen years on the scene. In the first two novels of the series—Call...
courthas
February 26 2015

The Americans 3.05: “Salang Pass”

Early in last night’s episode of The Americans, “Salang Pass,” Philip (Matthew Rhys) listens to a BBC radio report of a deadly incident in Afghanistan’s Salang Tunnel. The...
MyBookishWays
February 21 2015

Fresh Meat: The Outsiders by Gerald Seymour

The Outsiders by Gerald Seymour is an espionage thriller featuring MI5 agent Winnie Monks who follows a Russian crime czar to Spain for revenge of a brutal murder from years ago (available February...
courthas
February 19 2015

The Americans 3.04: “Dimebag”

The one essential quality for survival in The Americans is the ability to tell a convincing lie. Given the show’s subject matter, this isn’t a particularly insightful revelation; good...
dvaleris
February 15 2015

Fresh Meat: Nobody Walks by Mick Herron

Nobody Walks by Mick Herron is set in the same fictional London as his Slough House series, and now introduces Tom Bettany, an ex-spook with a violent past and only one thing to live for one thing —...
EdwardAGrainger
February 14 2015

Fresh Meat: Last Days of the Condor by James Grady

Last Days of the Condor by James Grady is a espionage thriller focusing on a silver-haired CIA agent who is now nearing retirement, heavily medicated,  and under constant surveillance (available...
AdamChristopher
February 12 2015

Dynamic Duos: TV’s Best Crime-Fighting Parterships

The crime/mystery genre has a mighty fine—and very long—history on the small screen, the genre and its myriad forms a solid, even primary, fixture of television schedules. Indeed, it’s...
courthas
February 12 2015

The Americans 3.03: “Open House”

“Open House” had all the elements we’ve come to expect from The Americans: car chases, marital maneuverings, Rezidentura intrigue, and another intimate, cringe-worthy scene of...
courthas
February 5 2015

The Americans 3.02: “Baggage”

The Americans followed up its action-packed premiere with one of its most contemplative episodes to date. Apart from a quick chase scene and a heart-stopping encounter between Oleg (Costa Ronin)...
courthas
January 29 2015

The Americans 3.01: Season Premiere “EST Men”

I can’t remember a show sticking the landing of its finale better than The Americans did in Season 2. Not only did they tie up all the intricate story arcs with a legitimately surprising...
reginathorn
January 20 2015

Six Reasons to Watch The Americans

The premise of The Americans, which is set in the early 1980s, is that Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, a suburban Virginia couple who seem as American as apple pie and the Fourth of July, are actually...
JakeHinkson
January 14 2015

Agent Carter: 1.03: “Time and Tide”

By this point, we know that Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) is on the trail of something big. Howard Stark is on the run from the SSR, and while all the other agents are chasing him, Agent Carter...
JakeHinkson
January 7 2015

Agent Carter: 1.02 “Bridge and Tunnel”

One of the charms of Captain America: The First Avenger was the way Agent Carter (Hayley Atwell) held her cards close to her vest. Quiet and watchful, she seemed to know more about what was going...
JakeHinkson
January 7 2015

Agent Carter 1.01: Series Premiere “Now Is Not The End”

First, a confession: I am Agent Carter’s ideal audience. One, I like women who kick ass. Two, my grandmother was an English lass who endured World War II, met a nice soldier from Texas, married...
EdwardAGrainger
December 28 2014

George Smiley Minor: The Looking Glass War

In John Le Carré’s fourth novel, The Looking Glass War, events are definitely skewed. A spy mission has been outsourced to a commercial airline pilot whose assignment is to photograph an...
EdwardAGrainger
November 28 2014

Not So Holy: The Saint in New York by Leslie Charteris

“Pardon me. In the excitement of the moment, and all that sort of thing, I forgot to introduce myself. I’m afraid I’ve had you at a disadvantage. My name is Templar—Simon...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
November 17 2014

Salting the Battlefield: Worricker’s Conclusion

Worricker (Bill Nighy) is on the run, now in Germany with ex-spy, ex-love Margot (Helena Bonham Carter) by his side. They’re stirring the embers of their faded romance and recalling all the...
EdwardAGrainger
November 12 2014

John LeCarré’s The Spy Who Came in From the Cold: Smiley as Puppeteer

This week marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a fitting time to recall a novel that came, for many, to characterize the complications and unhappy compromises of post-war...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
November 10 2014

Turks & Caicos: The Return of Worricker

“I used to be able to open the bonnet, take out a wrench and fix my car. Now I need a degree in electronics. Even easy things are difficult now,” a character tells Johnny Worricker...
EdwardAGrainger
November 5 2014

Adventures, Spies, Gangsters, and Thrillers: A Look Back at Four Richard Burton Films

The public image of Richard Burton (1925-1984), for better or for worse, will forever be intertwined with Elizabeth Taylor (who he married twice) and for a lifetime struggle with alcohol. But at...
JosephKoenig
October 30 2014

World War II: The Genre’s Best Fiction

For novelists, the Second World War is a canvas with the primary colors already filled in — a conflict of cataclysmic proportion that changed not only the map of the world, but reached deep...
EdwardAGrainger
October 29 2014

A Murder of Quality by John LeCarre: An Old-Fashioned Detective Mystery

The second George Smiley novel is an offbeat curio in the series and a damn good one at that. A unique entry because it isn’t a spy novel at all but rather an old-fashioned detective mystery along...
LanceC
September 14 2014

Mossad as Superspy: Is the Myth Slipping?

I’ve run across an interesting piece by Nathan Abrams, Professor of Film Studies at Bangor (UK) University, on The Conversation website (“a collaboration between editors and academics...
LanceC
September 8 2014

The Honourable Woman: Trapped Inside the Feedback Loop

Like the Cold War, the endless Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the dramatist’s gift that keeps on giving. Nowhere else can an author, screenwriter or filmmaker find such a stew of moral ambiguity,...
Crime HQ
August 26 2014

Now Win This!: Thrillers and Killers Sweepstakes

This sweepstakes features six books and one ebook that will leave you checking your back. Nowhere is safe! Register to enter for a chance to win! Click here to enter for a chance to win! This...
EdwardAGrainger
August 1 2014

Back to the Beginning: Call for the Dead by John LeCarré

“Short, fat, and of a quiet disposition, he appeared to spend a lot of money on really bad clothes, which hung about his squat frame like skin on a shrunken toad.” That tag at the start...
Crime HQ
July 17 2014

“Make the World a Safer Place, Isn’t That Enough?”: A Most Wanted Man Trailer

When Philip Seymour Hoffman died in February of this year, he had several films that were either filming or in post-production. One of those films—in addition to the mega film franchise The...
Crime HQ
July 11 2014

North Korea Complains to the U.N. About The Interview

Sometimes a movie sparks controvery, but rarely is that controversy taken to such as international scale. The Interview, which hits theaters October 10, 2014, focuses on two bumbling men—one,...
LyndsayFaye
June 10 2014

Slate Nailed It: YA and Detective Fiction Are for Rubes

An article in Slate by Ruth Graham that appeared last week decrying the popularity of YA fiction among adult readers has created quite the backlash from other media forums (including to name a few,...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
June 3 2014

Will We Spy MI5 on the Big Screen?

Because somehow you knew you hadn’t seen the last of Harry Pearce, we bring you news of Spooks: The Greater Good, a full-length feature film installment of the TV series know as Spooks in...