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List of famous spy fiction books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular spy fiction books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best spy fiction novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

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A Death in Vienna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Daniel Silva A Death in Vienna is a book written by Daniel Silva.

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A Fine Night for Dying is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Jack Higgins A Fine Night for Dying is a 1969 novel by Jack Higgins originally published under the pseudonyms Martin J Fallon. Set on the high seas, it is a new adventure for super-spy Paul Chavasse.

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A Most Wanted Man is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
John le Carré A Most Wanted Man is a thriller/espionage novel by John le Carré published in September 2008 by Hodder & Stoughton in the United Kingdom and in October 2008 by Scribner in the United ...more

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A Perfect Spy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
John le Carré A Perfect Spy by British author John le Carré is a novel about the mental and moral dissolution of a high level secret agent.

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A Taste for Death is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Peter O'Donnell A Taste for Death is the title of an action-adventure novel by Peter O'Donnell which was first published in 1969, featuring the character Modesty Blaise which O'Donnell had created for a comic ...more

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Ark Angel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Anthony Horowitz Ark Angel is the sixth book in the Alex Rider series written by British author Anthony Horowitz. The book was released in the United Kingdom on April 1, 2005 and in the United States on April ...more

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Billion-Dollar Brain is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Len Deighton Billion-Dollar Brain is a 1966 Cold War spy novel by Len Deighton. It was the fourth to feature an unnamed secret agent working for the British WOOC intelligence agency. It follows The IPCRESS ...more

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Black Butterfly is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Mark Gatiss Black Butterfly is the third and final novel in Mark Gatiss' Lucifer Box trilogy, which deals with the exploits of a bisexual British detective and secret agent. The previous volumes were The ...more

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Blood Fever is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Charlie Higson Blood Fever is the second novel in the Young Bond series depicting Ian Fleming's superspy James Bond as a teenager in the 1930s. The novel, written by Charlie Higson, was released in the United ...more

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Blood Oath is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Blood Oath is a novel published in 2010 by Christopher Farnsworth. It centers on three main characters: Nathaniel Cade, a vampire more than 160 years old, currently bound by a blood oath to ...more

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Body of Lies: A Novel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
David Ignatius Body of Lies is an American spy thriller novel by David Ignatius, a columnist for The Washington Post. It was published by W. W. Norton in 2007. It was originally titled Penetration but was ...more

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Brigands M.C. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Robert Muchamore Brigands M.C. is the eleventh novel in the CHERUB series by Robert Muchamore. It was released on 4 October 2008. A blue-cover edition of which only 8,499 copies were made was also produced. The ...more

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Brokenclaw is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
John Gardner Brokenclaw, first published in 1990, was the tenth novel by John Gardner featuring Ian Fleming's secret agent, James Bond. Carrying the Glidrose Publications copyright, it was first published in ...more

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By Royal Command is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Charlie Higson By Royal Command is the fifth novel in the Young Bond series depicting Ian Fleming's superspy James Bond as a teenager in the 1930s. The novel, written by Charlie Higson, takes place in 1934 and ...more

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Call for the Dead is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
John le Carré Call for the Dead is John le Carré's first novel, published in 1961. It introduces George Smiley, the most famous of le Carré's recurring characters, in a story about East German ...more

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Camp X is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Eric Walters Camp X is a children's spy novel written by Canadian author Eric Walters. Set in World War II, the novel is about brothers Jack and George, trying to save a top secret Canadian military base ...more

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Carte Blanche is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Jeffery Deaver Carte Blanche is a James Bond novel written by Jeffery Deaver. Commissioned by Ian Fleming Publications, it was published in the United Kingdom by Hodder & Stoughton on 26 May 2011 and was ...more

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Casino Royale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Ian Fleming Casino Royale is the first novel by the British author Ian Fleming. Published in 1953, it is the first James Bond book, and it paved the way for a further eleven novels and two short story ...more

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Circus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Alistair MacLean Circus is a novel written by the Scottish author Alistair MacLean. It was first released in the United Kingdom by Collins in 1975 and later in the same year by Doubleday in the United States.

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Class A is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Robert Muchamore Class A, published as The Dealer in the United States, and as The Mission for 5000 prints, is the second book in the Robert Muchamore's novel series CHERUB. It continues the story of teenager ...more

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Cobra Trap is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Peter O'Donnell Cobra Trap is the title of a short story collection by Peter O'Donnell featuring his action/adventure heroine Modesty Blaise. The book was published in 1996, and is the thirteenth, and final ...more

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COLD is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
John Gardner COLD, first published in 1996, was the sixteenth and final novel by John Gardner featuring Ian Fleming's secret agent, James Bond. Carrying the Glidrose Publications copyright, it was first ...more

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Colonel Sun is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Kingsley Amis, Robert Markham Colonel Sun is a novel by Kingsley Amis published by Jonathan Cape on 28 March 1968 under the pseudonym "Robert Markham". Colonel Sun is the first James Bond continuation novel ...more

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Coq Rouge is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Jan Guillou

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Crocodile Tears is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Anthony Horowitz Crocodile Tears is the eighth novel in the Alex Rider series by British author Anthony Horowitz. It was released in the UK on 12 November 2009, published by Walker Books, and in the U.S. on 17 ...more

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Crown of Slaves is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Eric Flint, David Weber Crown of Slaves is a 2003 novel by David Weber and Eric Flint set in the Honorverse; it has been billed as the first in the Wages of Sin series, spun off from the main Honor Harrington series. ...more

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Danger Society: The Young Bond... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Charlie Higson Danger Society: The Young Bond Dossier is a non-fiction companion to the Young Bond series of novels written by Charlie Higson. The book contains in-depth character profiles to the cars, the ...more

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Dark Sun is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Robert Muchamore Dark Sun is a World Book Day novella in the popular CHERUB series by Robert Muchamore. It fits into the series between The Sleepwalker and The General.

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Dead Man's Handle is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Peter O'Donnell Dead Man's Handle is the title of a 1985 action-adventure/spy novel written by Peter O'Donnell. It was the eleventh and final full-length novel chronicling the adventures of O'Donnell's comic ...more

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Dead Spy Running is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Dead Spy Running is a 2009 spy novel by Jon Stock.

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Death is Forever is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
John Gardner Death Is Forever, first published in 1992, was the twelfth novel by John Gardner featuring Ian Fleming's secret agent, James Bond. Carrying the Glidrose Publications copyright, it was first ...more

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Death of a Citizen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Donald Hamilton Death of a Citizen is a 1960 spy novel by Donald Hamilton, and was the first in a long-running series of books featuring the adventures of assassin Matt Helm. The title refers to the ...more

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Declare is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Tim Powers Declare is a supernatural spy novel by American author Tim Powers. The novel presents a secret history of the Cold War, and earned several major fantasy fiction awards.

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Devil May Care is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Sebastian Faulks Devil May Care is a James Bond continuation novel written by Sebastian Faulks. It was published in the UK by Penguin Books on 28 May 2008, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ian Fleming, the ...more

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Diamonds Are Forever is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Ian Fleming Diamonds Are Forever is the fourth of Ian Fleming's James Bond series of novels. It was first published by Jonathan Cape in the UK on 26 March 1956 and the first print run of 12,500 copies sold ...more

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Divine Madness is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Robert Muchamore Divine Madness is the fifth novel in the CHERUB series by Robert Muchamore. In this novel, CHERUB agents James, Lauren, and Dana go to Australia to investigate a cult called the Survivors.

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Double or Die is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Charlie Higson Double Or Die is the third novel in the Young Bond series depicting Ian Fleming's superspy James Bond as a teenager in the 1930s. The novel, written by Charlie Higson, was released in the United ...more

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DoubleShot is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Raymond Benson DoubleShot, first published in 2000, was the sixth novel by Raymond Benson featuring Ian Fleming's secret agent, James Bond. Carrying the Ian Fleming Publications copyright, it was first ...more

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Dr. No is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Ian Fleming Dr. No is the sixth novel in Ian Fleming's James Bond series, first published in the UK by Jonathan Cape on 31 March 1958. The story centres on Bond's investigation into the disappearance in ...more

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Dragon's Claw is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Peter O'Donnell Dragon's Claw is the title of an action-adventure novel by Peter O'Donnell which was first published in 1978, featuring the character Modesty Blaise which O'Donnell had created for a comic strip ...more

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Eagle Strike is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Anthony Horowitz Eagle Strike is the fourth book in the Alex Rider series written by British author Anthony Horowitz. The book was released in the United Kingdom on September 4, 2003 and in the United States on ...more

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Elusive Isabel is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Jacques Futrelle Elusive Isabel is a novel by Jacques Futrelle first published in 1909. Set in Washington, D.C., it is a spy novel about an international conspiracy of the "Latin" countries against the ...more

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For Special Services is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
John Gardner For Special Services, first published in 1982, was the second novel by John Gardner featuring Ian Fleming's secret agent, James Bond. Carrying the Glidrose Publications copyright, it was first ...more

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For Your Eyes Only is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Ian Fleming For Your Eyes Only is a collection of short stories by the British author Ian Fleming, featuring the fictional British Secret Service agent Commander James Bond. It was first published by ...more

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Free Agent is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Jeremy Duns Free Agent is a 2009 spy thriller novel written by Jeremy Duns. It is the first in a trilogy of spy thrillers featuring MI6 agent Paul Dark and is set at the height of the Cold War in 1969. The ...more

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From Russia, with Love is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Ian Fleming From Russia, with Love is the fifth novel in Ian Fleming's James Bond series, first published in the UK by Jonathan Cape on 8 April 1957. As with the first four books, From Russia, with Love was ...more

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Funeral in Berlin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Len Deighton Funeral in Berlin is a 1964 spy novel by Len Deighton. It was the third of four novels about an unnamed British agent. The two preceding novels were The IPCRESS File and Horse Under Water and ...more

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Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Ian Fleming Goldfinger is the seventh novel in Ian Fleming's James Bond series, first published in the UK by Jonathan Cape on 23 March 1959. Goldfinger originally bore the title The Richest Man in the World ...more

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Harriet the Spy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Louise Fitzhugh Harriet the Spy is a children's novel written and illustrated by Louise Fitzhugh that was published in 1964. It has been called "a milestone in children's literature" and a

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Henderson's Boys: Eagle Day is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Spy Fiction Books and Novels
Robert Muchamore Henderson's Boys: Eagle Day is the second book in the Henderson's Boys book series by English author Robert Muchamore. It continues the stories of major characters such as Marc Kilgour, Charles ...more