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21 Best Spy Books of All Time


Our goal: Find what the internet ranks as the best Spy books (instead of one person's opinion).

    Our process:
  1. Search for "best spy books" and study the top 5 articles.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
    (This took a long time, but we do the research so you don't have to!)

(Updated 2022)

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  1. MOST RECOMMENDED!
    1

    The Sympathizer

    A Novel

    Viet Thanh Nguyen

  2. 2

    The Quiet American

    Graham Greene

  3. 3
  4. 4

    The Day of the Jackal

    Frederick Forsyth

  5. 5
  6. 11
  7. 12

    American Spy

    A Novel

    Lauren Wilkinson

  8. 13
  9. 14
  10. 15
  11. 16

    Restless

    A Novel

    William Boyd

  12. 17

    Need to Know

    A Novel

    Karen Cleveland

  13. 18
  14. 19
  15. 20
  16. 21

FAQ

  • How was this Spy books list created?

    We searched for "best Spy books", found the top 5 articles, took every book mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings.

  • How many Spy books are in this list?

    There are 21 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this Spy books list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of Spy books on the internet.

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