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The Oxford Book of Spy Stories

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"The redline of a laser gunsight split the darkness and targeted the wall next to his head. There was a muffled sound like a dry cough and a bullet thudded into the wall above him. He slid forward under the bed...." Graham Greene's classic spy tale "A Branch of the Service" leaves the heart pounding and nothing to the imagination. On the run during a fictional mole hunt of the mid-eighties, Greene's spy faces an uncertain fate at every turn. Indeed, the dashing spy on the run is one of the great icons of twentieth-century fiction, reflecting the shifting currents of national and international politics for a century and more.

This anthology offers a panorama of the best spy stories which have forever fixed the concept of espionage in the popular imagination. In 29 tales of political intrigue, wartime heroism, and peacetime scheming, we see the spy at work and at rest, sometimes the romantic savior of a nation's secret, more often an embittered loner, wracked with disillusion and uncertainty. The stories--by such famous authors as Ambrose Bierce, W. Somerset Maugham, Frank O'Connor, Ian Fleming, Len Deighton, Graham Greene, and Edward D. Hoch--range from traditional thrillers with the spy as hero to explorations of the metaphoric potential of espionage and the moral, political, and psychological issues that such an activity brings into question. Together with Michael Cox's fascinating introduction, they form a wonderfully entertaining literary insight into a world of intrigue and deception.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [347]-353).

About the Author

About the Editor:

Michael Cox has compiled a number of highly popular anthologies, including The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories, Victorian Ghost Stories (both with R. A. Gilbert), and Victorian Detective Stories.

Table of Contents

Parker Adderson, Philosopher, Ambrose Bierce


The Red Carnation, Baroness Orczy


The Rider in the Dawn, Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch


The Brass Butterfly, William le Queux


Peiffer, A. E. Mason


Mr Collingrey, MP, Edgar Wallace


The Lit Chamber, John Buchan


The Reckoning with Otto Schreed, E. Phillips Oppenheim


Giulia Lazzari, W. Somerset Maugham


Judith, C. E. Montague


The Pigeon Man, Valentine Williams


Jumbo's Wife, Frank O' Connor


Affairs de Coeur, W. E. Johns


Waiting for Mrs Ryder, Edward D. Hoch


Flood on the Goodwins, A. E. Divine


How Ryan Got Out of Russia, Lord Dunsany


A Patriot, John Galsworthy


A Double Double-Cross, Peter Cheyney


The Army of the Shadows, Fred Ambler


Citizens in Space, Robert Sheckley


Risico, Ian Fleming


Under the Rose, Thomas Pynchon


Keep Walking, Geoffrey Houshold


Paper Casualty, Len Deighton


Signal Tresham, Michael Gilbert


Final Demand, John Wainwright


The Rocking-horse Spy, Ted Allbeury


The Great Divide, William Haggard


A Branch of the Service, Graham Greene


Waiting For Mrs Ryder, Edward D. Hoch


Product Details

ISBN:
9780192142429
Editor:
Cox, Michael
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Author:
Cox, Michael
Author:
null, Michael
Location:
Oxford ;
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
History - World
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references p. 347-353.
Series Volume:
33
Publication Date:
19960808
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.82x5.79x1.21 in. 1.34 lbs.

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