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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.


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

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Cox, Michael
Oxford University Press
Cox, Michael
null, Michael
Oxford ;
Anthologies (multiple authors)
History - World
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Includes bibliographical references p. 347-353.
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8.82x5.79x1.21 in. 1.34 lbs.

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