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CrimeHQ
January 31 2017

Who Is Your Favorite Spy?

While not the first fictional spy, James Bond is clearly the most notable. But notability doesn’t necessarily mean best. Spy fiction has exploded in just about every era with international...
DavidCranmer
September 3 2015

Reflections of a Spy: The Secret Pilgrim

Ned—a surname-less protagonist who first appeared in The Russia House (1989)—runs the Sarratt agent training school for The Circus (a thinly disguised MI6) and invites the retired George...
DavidCranmer
July 17 2015

A Master Spy’s Final Showdown: Smiley’s People by John LeCarré

After Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1974), John LeCarré had secured his nook within literature as a leading master of the espionage genre. Then, like a ballplayer who knows he can drive one more...
DavidCranmer
March 21 2015

A George Smiley Offensive: The Honourable Schoolboy

In John Le Carré's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, the previous George Smiley adventure, the intelligence officer was surreptitiously tapped to track down a mole—a bellicose cancer—burrowed...
DavidCranmer
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...
DavidCranmer
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...
DavidCranmer
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...
DavidCranmer
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...
DavidCranmer
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...
DavidCranmer
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...
RosBarber
February 1 2013

Literary Intelligence: Writers as Spies

Louise Fitzhugh’s Harriet the Spy was my first brush with the notion that writers were spies. At nine I was Harriet, furiously scribbling in my notebook as I peered under gates and through knot-holed...
CToohey
December 9 2011

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: Where is my Pantheon of the Untrustworthy?

At HQ, a few of us have been tapping our toes and drumming our fingers awaiting T2S2.  And today is supposedly the day of its release, and out here on the eastern seaboard of the U.S., at least,...
GuyBergstrom
September 29 2011

Death Brackets: Toughest Dicks vs. Baddest Thriller Heroes: Quarter Finals

And the tournament continues! This is our fourth Death Brackets post, and the suspense is horrible!  In the Intro, you met the contestants and learned the rules. During the First Round (Part 1...
GuyBergstrom
September 27 2011

Death Brackets: Toughest Dicks vs. Baddest Thriller Heroes: First Round, Part 1

If you’re not up to speed on the concept and the competitors, here’s where we set the rules and the brackets. Eight of the world’s best detectives versus eight spies, assassins and anti-heroes...
GuyBergstrom
September 26 2011

Death Brackets: The Contest and The Contestants

Mysteries and thrillers, by nature, are populated by tough guys. Detectives who hunt down serial killers. Spies who uncover dangerous traitors. Assassins who take out the worst bad guys on the planet...
CToohey
September 10 2011

More Tinker Tailor: Can’t Help it!

  Admittedly, the T2S2 remake is finally one I’m anticipating with delight.  If you’ve seen the trailer and cast, perhaps you’re getting that feeling, too? If you’re not...
CToohey
June 17 2011

Tinker, Tailor, Doctor, Dragon?

Benedict Cumberbatch, appreciated here most effusively for his role in the BBC’s new Sherlock (season 2 currently in production, to air in the UK in August), will also appear this year as Peter Guillam...