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Sam Sattler

I remember enjoying (maybe in the eighties and nineties?) Len Deighton's series in which he pretty much covered the career of one British spy and his cohorts. It is six books: Berlin Game, London Match, Mexico Game, Spy Hook, Spy Line, and Spy Sinker. They were written over a number of years and, as I recall, they were well written. Of course, that was a long time ago, and I might feel differently if I went back to reread them...that's always the danger in doing something like that.

Danielle

I have a couple of Len Deighton's books around somewhere and I think I would like him. He's one of those writers I know is around but I never seem to remember when I am making up my mental lists of books to read (no reflection on him, just not as familiar with his books). I know what you mean by some books having such fond memories attached to them but that were read at a certain point in life and you wonder if you would feel so warmly about them by revisiting them now!

Caroline

I've only read Le Carrés The Constant Gardener and was impressed. I think he's one of a few "spy authors" I'd love the read more of.

Danielle

I only have this one of his books on hand but I was looking through his backlist and reading about some of the books and there are quite a few that do sound very appealing! If you are going to just choose one, I get the feeling he is a very good choice.

janet

Everything by Le Carre, Deighton for sure, Bourne is not in their category, but pretty good, Graham Greene is excellent.

Jeff

There's a recent review of the Le Carre here:-

https://mattviews.wordpress.com/2015/01/18/718-the-spy-who-came-in-from-the-cold-john-le-carre/

A good start on his work - less dauntingly opaque than Smiley's People et al.

Stefanie

How fun! What a great idea to read them as a pair! I look forward to the comparisons!

Danielle

All authors I have on my wishlist... I'm starting with Le Carre and Graham Greene is also high up on my list, too! I never thought the Bourne books would appeal, but I am actually taking a second look at them now!

Danielle

Hi Jeff--thanks so much for the link to Matt's review--I took a peek and was happy to see he liked it, as I value his opinion--he is a discerning reader! I'm glad this is a good place to start with him--he has so many books to choose from!

Danielle

Do you have a favorite?

Danielle

It seemed like a good idea at the time, though now reality sets in and I see just how much (really...little) free reading time I have. So I will do my best. I think both will be really good reads. Must invent a little extra reading time somehow! :)

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