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SadieTrombetta
March 27 2016

6 Book Characters You’d Like to See Resurrected

Books have the tendency to give you all the feels, good and bad, but there is no worse feeling than the one you get when your favorite character dies. No matter how foolish it may be, you secretly...
Scott.Adlerberg
January 4 2016

The Dead Mountaineer’s Inn

In the late 1960s, Boris and Arkady Strugatsky, the most popular science fiction writers in Russia, decided to write a mystery novel. The Dead Mountaineer's Inn was published in 1970,...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
CrimeHQ
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...
CrimeHQ
April 29 2014

2014 Shortlists: U.K.’s CrimeFest Awards and the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Awards

The upcoming CrimeFest convention (May 15-18th, Bristol, U.K.) and the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Awards (June 5th, Toronto) have both announced their nominees, and we're thrilled to share...
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...
CrimeHQ
October 17 2012

Hot On the Trail of “Coming in from the Cold”

We’re always up for a bit of sleuthing here at Crime HQ and we know you are too. So perhaps we can help out the esteemed folks at the Oxford English Dictionary as they hunt for the first use of...
CharlesCumming
March 15 2012

Too English? Espionage Authors Discuss Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Author Olen Steinhauer (left) talks with author Charles Cumming (right) about one of our favorite subjects here at Crime HQ...spies, spy novels, and spy movies. In particular, John Le Carré’s...
RichardZSantos
January 22 2012

What Is a Literary Thriller, Anyway?

Recently, I’ve noticed a genre label being used, and I don’t understand what it means. I’m hoping CE readers can help define this slippery term: “literary thriller.” It’s in use by authors,...
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 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 30 2011

Trailer for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Okay, say that 3 times fast. This is the first look at director Tomas Alfredson’s take on John LeCarre’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. It stars Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, Benedict...
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...