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21 Best Spy Books of All Time

Our goal: Find the best Spy books according to the internet (not just one random person's opinion).

    Here's what we did:
  1. Type "best spy books" into our search engine and study the top 5+ pages.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
    (It was a lot of work. But hey! That's why we're here, right?)

(Updated 2024)

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Last Updated: Monday 1 Jan, 2024

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    The Sympathizer

    The Sympathizer

    A Novel

    Viet Thanh Nguyen

  2. 2
    The Quiet American

    The Quiet American

    Graham Greene

  3. 3
    The Secrets We Kept
  4. 4
    The Day of the Jackal

    The Day of the Jackal

    Frederick Forsyth

  5. 5
    The Bourne Identity
  6. 6
    The Kill Artist
  7. 11
    The Hunt for Red October
  8. 12
    American Spy

    American Spy

    A Novel

    Lauren Wilkinson

  9. 13
    The Gray Man
  10. 14
    The Eye of the Needle
  11. 15
    Casino Royale
  12. 16


    A Novel

    William Boyd

  13. 17
    Need to Know

    Need to Know

    A Novel

    Karen Cleveland

  14. 18
    At Risk
  15. 19
    Night Soldiers
  16. 20
    Diary of a Dead Man on Leave
  17. 21
    The Alice Network
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