500 Best Spy Novels

Posted on July 23, 2018 By newsroom Topic: Best Books

These spy novels are favorites of Goodreads members.

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The Bourne Identity (Jason Bourne)
The Spy Who Came In from the Cold by John le Carré
The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan Universe)
The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium)
Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett
Smiley’s People by John le Carré
American Assassin (Mitch Rapp)
The Odessa File by Frederick Forsyth
Gorky Park (Arkady Renko)
Patriot Games (Jack Ryan Universe)
Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene
Clear and Present Danger (Jack Ryan Universe)
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon
The Bourne Ultimatum (Jason Bourne)
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium)
From Russia With Love (James Bond)
The Cardinal of the Kremlin (Jack Ryan Universe)
Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy
Casino Royale (James Bond)
The Kill Artist (Gabriel Allon)
The Honourable Schoolboy by John le Carré
The Russia House by John le Carré
Nonofficial Asset by William Sewell
The 39 Steps (Richard Hannay)
The Eagle Has Landed (Liam Devlin)
Killing Floor (Jack Reacher)
The Ninth Orphan (The Orphan Trilogy
A Perfect Spy by John le Carré
The Quiet American by Graham Greene
The Charm School by Nelson DeMille
Without Remorse (Jack Ryan Universe)
Goldfinger (James Bond)
Absolute Power by David Baldacci
Memorial Day (Mitch Rapp)
The Dogs of War by Frederick Forsyth
The Sum of All Fears (Jack Ryan Universe)
Red Sparrow (Red Sparrow Trilogy #1) by Jason Matthews
Transfer of Power (Mitch Rapp)
Separation of Power (Mitch Rapp)
The Faithful Spy (John Wells)
Portrait of a Spy (Gabriel Allon)
The Little Drummer Girl by John le Carré
The Orphan Factory (The Orphan Trilogy)
Berlin Game (Bernard Samson
The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
The Tourist (The Tourist)
The Camel Club (Camel Club
Six Days of the Condor by James Grady
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (James Bond)
The Bourne Trilogy (Jason Bourne)
The English Assassin (Gabriel Allon)
Doctor No (James Bond)
The Fourth Protocol by Frederick Forsyth
Live and Let Die (James Bond)
The Innocent (Will Robie)
Consent to Kill (Mitch Rapp)
In Pursuit of Platinum: The Shocking Secret of World War II by Vic Robbie
Plum Island (John Corey
The Third Option (Mitch Rapp)
The Ipcress File (Secret File
The Key to Rebecca by Ken Follett
The Tailor of Panama by John le Carré
The Company by Robert Littell
The Looking Glass War by John le Carré
I Am Pilgrim (Pilgrim)
Shibumi by Trevanian
Debt of Honor (Jack Ryan Universe)
One Shot (Jack Reacher)
Executive Orders (Jack Ryan Universe)
Night Soldiers (Night Soldiers
The Bourne Supremacy (Jason Bourne)
The Defector (Gabriel Allon)
The Saladin Strategy by Norm Clark
Tsunami Connection by Michael James Gallagher
Extreme Measures (Mitch Rapp)
The Constant Gardener by John le Carré
Call for the Dead by John le Carré
Mexico Set (Bernard Samson
Thunderball (James Bond)
The Orphan Uprising (The Orphan Trilogy)
The Fallen Angel (Gabriel Allon)
Die Trying (Jack Reacher)
Bad Luck and Trouble (Jack Reacher)
Term Limits by Vince Flynn
Moscow Rules (Gabriel Allon)
The Third Man by Graham Greene
The Last Man (Mitch Rapp)
The Foreign Correspondent (Night Soldiers
The Rembrandt Affair (Gabriel Allon)
A Murder of Quality by John le Carré
The Messenger (Gabriel Allon)
The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers
Red Rabbit (Jack Ryan Universe)
The Bourne Legacy (Jason Bourne)
Up Country by Nelson DeMille
61 Hours (Jack Reacher)
The Ministry of Fear by Graham Greene
A Coffin for Dimitrios by Eric Ambler
The Affair (Jack Reacher)
The Hard Way (Jack Reacher)
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy
The Polish Officer (Night Soldiers)
Moonraker (James Bond)
The Fist of God by Frederick Forsyth
Performance Anomalies by Victor Robert Lee
London Match (Bernard Samson)
The Unlikely Spy by Daniel Silva
The Lion’s Game (John Corey
The Night Manager by John le Carré
Above Suspicion by Helen MacInnes
Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter
The Liquidator by Iain Parke
The Prometheus Deception by Robert Ludlum
Act Of Treason (Mitch Rapp)
Child 44 (Leo Demidov
Rainbow Six (Jack Ryan Universe)
Black Cross by Greg Iles
Spy Line (Bernard Samson
The Brotherhood of the Rose (Mortalis
Full Black (Scot Harvath
Kim by Rudyard Kipling
The Spies of Warsaw (Night Soldiers
A Foreign Country (Thomas Kell
Miami Spy Games: Russian Zombie Gun
Without Fail (Jack Reacher)
The Secret Adversary (Tommy and Tuppence #1) by Agatha Christie
The Tears of Autumn (Paul Christopher #2) by Charles McCarry
The Collectors (Camel Club
The Nearest Exit (The Tourist
Tripwire (Jack Reacher)
Spy Sinker (Bernard Samson
Spy (Alexander Hawke
The Enemy (Jack Reacher)
N or M? (Tommy and Tuppence
Persuader (Jack Reacher)
The Afghan by Frederick Forsyth
The Falsifiers by Antoine Bello
An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris
Harriet the Spy (Harriet the Spy #1) by Louise Fitzhugh
Agents of Innocence by David Ignatius
Against All Enemies (Max Moore
Our Kind of Traitor by John le Carré
A Clean Kill in Tokyo (John Rain
Spy Hook (Bernard Samson
You Only Live Twice (James Bond)
The Bourne Imperative (Jason Bourne)
Echo Burning (Jack Reacher)
The Confessor (Gabriel Allon)
Spies of the Balkans (Night Soldiers
Assignment in Brittany by Helen MacInnes
A Small Death in Lisbon by Robert Wilson
The OSSI Model — The Gannon Transcripts by Kent Stern
Viral by James Lilliefors
Takedown (Scot Harvath
Command Authority (Jack Ryan Universe)
Word of Honor by Nelson DeMille
The Human Factor by Graham Greene
They Came to Baghdad by Agatha Christie
The Secret Servant (Gabriel Allon)
Kill Shot (Mitch Rapp)
The Judas Strain (Sigma Force
The Cobra by Frederick Forsyth
The World at Night (Night Soldiers)
Polar Star (Arkady Renko)
Prince of Fire (Gabriel Allon)
Firefox by Craig Thomas
Jackdaws by Ken Follett
The Pathfinders (The Falsifiers Book 2) by Antoine Bello
Triple by Ken Follett
The Spy Who Loved Me (James Bond)
Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household)
The Orphan Trilogy (The Orphan Trilogy #1–3) by James Morcan
The Secret Pilgrim by John le Carré
Protect And Defend (Mitch Rapp #8) by Vince Flynn
Dark Star (Night Soldiers
The Gate House by Nelson DeMille
Map of Bones (Sigma Force
For Your Eyes Only (James Bond)
Diamonds Are Forever (James Bond)
Red Gold (Night Soldiers
North by Northwest by Ernest Lehman
The Icarus Agenda by Robert Ludlum
A Small Town in Germany by John le Carré
An American Spy (The Tourist
The Expats by Chris Pavone
The Seven Dials Mystery (Superintendent Battle
The Man With the Golden Gun (James Bond)
I’d Tell You I Love You
Legends by Antoine Bello
Icon by Frederick Forsyth
SS-GB by Len Deighton
Ninth Directive by Adam Hall
Bloodmoney: A Novel of Espionage by David Ignatius
His Last Bow: 8 Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle
Executive Power (Mitch Rapp)
Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
Istanbul Passage by Joseph Kanon
Kingdom of Shadows (Night Soldiers
Point Blank (Alex Rider
Nothing to Lose (Jack Reacher)
Legends by Robert Littell
Funeral in Berlin by Len Deighton
The Miernik Dossier (Paul Christopher #1) by Charles McCarry
A Firing Offense by David Ignatius
Blood of Victory (Night Soldiers
The Marching Season (Michael Osbourne
Running Blind (Jack Reacher)
The Bear and the Dragon (Jack Ryan Universe)
Greenmantle by John Buchan
The Amateur by Robert Littell
The Spy (Isaac Bell
The Fellowship (Blake Carver Thrillers
Walking Back the Cat by Robert Littell
The Matarese Circle by Robert Ludlum
A Delicate Truth by John le Carré
Olives: A Violent Romance by Alexander McNabb
The Last Supper (Paul Christopher #5) by Charles McCarry
A Matter of Honor by Jeffrey Archer
The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie
Miami Spy Games: Russian Zombie Gun
The Holcroft Covenant by Robert Ludlum
Robert Ludlum’s(TM) The Janus Reprisal (Covert-One
Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (Gallagher Girls
Miami Spy Games: Russian Zombie Gun
Harlot’s Ghost by Norman Mailer
The Sigma Protocol by Robert Ludlum
The Gray Man (Gray Man
Pursuit of Honor (Mitch Rapp)
Death of a Citizen (Matt Helm
Marathon Man by William Goldman
The Cleaner (Jonathan Quinn
The Winter Queen (Erast Fandorin Mysteries
Wet Desert: Tracking Down a Terrorist on the Colorado River by Gary Hansen
Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies
The English Girl (Gabriel Allon)
Octopussy & the Living Daylights (James Bond)
Double Image by Helen MacInnes
Vicious Circle by Robert Littell
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Destination Unknown by Agatha Christie
The Ambler Warning by Robert Ludlum
The Gold Coast by Nelson DeMille
Agent of Desire (Jessica Booker
Dark Voyage (Night Soldiers
Winter: A Berlin Family
Anonymous Sources by Mary Louise Kelly
The Trinity Six by Charles Cumming
The Mission Song by John le Carré
The Acheron Deception by Patrick F. Rooney
Acts of War (Tom Clancy’s Op-Center
Miami Spy Games: Russian Zombie Gun
A Death in Vienna (Gabriel Allon)
Typhoon by Charles Cumming
Miami Spy Games: Russian Zombie Gun
Declare by Tim Powers
Stormbreaker (Alex Rider
The Parsifal Mosaic by Robert Ludlum
Journey Into Fear by Eric Ambler
The Apocalypse Watch by Robert Ludlum
The Forgotten (John Puller
Absolute Friends by John le Carré
Vanished (Nick Heller
The Deceived (Jonathan Quinn
Shadow Catcher (Nick Baron
Personal (Jack Reacher)
Threat Vector (Jack Ryan Universe)
Rules of Prey (Lucas Davenport
The Back Door Man by Dave Buschi
The Cairo Affair by Olen Steinhauer
The Snare of the Hunter by Helen MacInnes
Under Western Eyes by Joseph Conrad
The Ghost by Robert Harris
The Shadow Patrol (John Wells
HHhH by Laurent Binet
The Mediterranean Caper (Dirk Pitt
Terror Cell (Danforth Saga Book 2) by Joseph Badal
The Scarlatti Inheritance by Robert Ludlum
Blood Line (A Granger Spy Novel
The Once and Future Spy by Robert Littell
Quiller by Adam Hall
Restless by William Boyd
Private Wars (Queen & Country
Kingdoms Fall — The Laxenburg Message (Kingdoms Fall
Ahriman: The Spirit of Destruction by Puja Guha
A Most Wanted Man by John le Carré
Occupant by G.J. Swenson
Hornet Flight by Ken Follett
The Mark of the Assassin (Michael Osbourne
Ashenden by W. Somerset Maugham
The Lion (John Corey
Palace of Treason (Red Sparrow Trilogy #2) by Jason Matthews
Faith (Bernard Samson
The Bourne Sanction (Jason Bourne)
Shadow of Betrayal (Jonathan Quinn
Chameleon by William Diehl
Encryption by Bill Ward
The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax (Mrs. Pollifax #1) by Dorothy Gilman
Hope (Bernard Samson
Nothing Left to Lose by Patrick Heffernan
The English Spy (Gabriel Allon)
Charity (Bernard Samson
The Silenced (Jonathan Quinn
Lethal Circuit by Lars Guignard
King of Swords by Russell Blake
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire
A Colder War (Thomas Kell
Unforgiving Years by Victor Serge
The Paris Option (Covert-One
Passenger to Frankfurt by Agatha Christie
Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover (Gallagher Girls
The Cuckoo’s Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage by Clifford Stoll
Only the Good Spy Young (Gallagher Girls
The Labyrinth Makers by Anthony Price
Watchman by Ian Rankin
Out of Sight
Divine Justice (Camel Club
Feedback by D.L. Richardson
The Perfect Assassin (David Slaton
The Unwilling Spy: One Man’s Reluctant Journey Into Spyhood by Sue Chamblin Frederick
Scorpia Rising (Alex Rider #9) by Anthony Horowitz
Single & Single by John le Carré
The Janson Directive (Paul Janson
A Spy by Nature (Alec Milius #1) by Charles Cumming
How Angels Die by David-Michael Harding
XPD by Len Deighton
The Soul of Viktor Tronko by David Quammen
Quiller KGB by Adam Hall
The Mayakovski Assignment by Colin Webster
The Warlock in Spite of Himself (Warlock
The Striker Portfolio by Adam Hall
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter
Agency Rules — Never an Easy Day at the Office by Khalid Muhammad
Spycatcher (Spycatcher)
No Shelter (Holly Lin)
Dead or Alive (Jack Ryan Universe)
The Teeth of the Tiger (Jack Ryan Universe)
Simple Simon (Art Jefferson
Kolymsky Heights by Lionel Davidson
Colour Scheme (Roderick Alleyn
The Gemini Contenders by Robert Ludlum
Colonel Sun by Robert Markham
The Hit (Will Robie
Nothing Lasts Forever (Die Hard
The Spy Who Came In From the Cold by John le Carré: Summary Study Guide by BookRags
The Defection of A.J. Lewinter by Robert Littell
On Target (Gray Man #2) by Mark Greaney
Mission to Paris (Night Soldiers)
Tom Horton The Invisible Spy by Ian Davies
The Ian Fleming Files: Operation Armada by Damian Stevenson
To Russia With Love (Countermeasure
The Icarus Prediction by R.D. Gupta
The Farthest Shore (Earthsea Cycle
The War of Alien Aggression (War of Alien Aggression
Herald Square by Jefferson Flanders
The Last Run (Queen & Country
Never Been to Mars (The Benedict Forecasts Book 1) by Larry Gent
A Few Deaths More: A Novel of Terrible Consequence by Donchatz
Red Swan by P.T. Deutermann
Remember to Recycle: Psychological Suspense (The Agents of the Nevermind Book 2) by Tantra Bensko
Blood Makes Noise by Gregory Widen
COAST: An Act Of Burial by Xander Richards
Shadow Maker (Nick Baron
The 40 Minute War by Janet E. Morris
The Ishtar Cup (Bart Northcote
Snow Wolf by Glenn Meade
Countermeasure by Chris Almeida
The Bancroft Strategy by Robert Ludlum
Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity
Wraith (Nick Baron 0.5) by James R. Hannibal
The Guns of Navarone by Alistair MacLean
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Little America by Henry Bromell
Hard Kill (Riz #1) by Charlie Flowers
The Spy in the Ointment by Donald E. Westlake
Scorpion (Scorpion
A Touch of Deceit (Nick Bracco Thriller #1) by Gary Ponzo
Twinkle
Eves Of Destruction by Roy Berelowitz
The Assassin’s Wife by Roger Weston
Nine Princes in Amber (The Chronicles of Amber #1) by Roger Zelazny
Slow Horses (Slough House
The Tango Briefing by Adam Hall
Princess Elizabeth’s Spy (Maggie Hope Mystery
The Bone Church by Victoria Dougherty
Zero Option by P.T. Deutermann
Black Flagged Alpha (Black Flagged #1) by Steven Konkoly
Black Flagged Redux (Black Flagged
Proportionate Response by Dave Buschi
The Accident by Chris Pavone
Second Sight (Paul Christopher #7) by Charles McCarry
Locked On (Jack Ryan Universe)
The Company of Strangers by Robert Wilson
The Perfect Candidate by Christopher Metcalf
Assumed Identity by David Morrell
Secret Sanction (Sean Drummond
Forced to Kill (Nathan McBride
The Osterman Weekend by Robert Ludlum
A Gentleman’s Game (Queen & Country
Forteresse digitale by Dan Brown
Bride of a Bygone War (Beirut Trilogy
The Hades Factor (Covert-One
The Feasts of Lesser Men by Stephen Parrish
Conan of Cimmeria (Conan 2) by Robert E. Howard
Storm Front (The Dresden Files
Under a False Flag by Tom Gething
All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer
Oiorpata by Richard Ferguson
The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian (Conan the Cimmerian
Desperate Measures by David Morrell
The Kingmaker (Sean Drummond
PRIMAL Unleashed (PRIMAL
The Boys from Brazil by Ira Levin
Dynamite Fishermen (Beirut Trilogy
The Detachment (John Rain
Crocodile Tears (Alex Rider
Left with the Dead (The Gathering Dead
The Matarese Countdown (Matarese #2) by Robert Ludlum
Drink to Yesterday (Tommy Hambledon
The Chronicles of Amber (The Chronicles of Amber
Inside Out (Ben Treven
At Risk (Liz Carlyle
Noble Intentions: Episode 3 by L.T. Ryan
The Scorpio Illusion by Robert Ludlum
A Toast To Tomorrow (Tommy Hambledon
Stealing Trinity by Ward Larsen
Secret Asset (Liz Carlyle
Alliance of Evil (MP-5 CIA Thriller #5) by M.H. Sargent
Lord Valentine’s Castle (Lord Valentine
Deception Point by Dan Brown
The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare by G.K. Chesterton
The Kramski Case (Tales of MI7 #1) by J.J. Ward
Queen and Country: The Definitive Edition
The Courts of Chaos (The Chronicles of Amber #5) by Roger Zelazny
Hollow Strength by Art Keller
The Debriefing by Robert Littell
Sick (Project Eden
The Fulcrum Files by Mark Chisnell
Little Girl Gone (Logan Harper
The Losing Role by Steve Anderson
Critical Error by Murray McDonald
Crisis Four: (Nick Stone Book 2) by Andy McNab
Assignment Prague by Helen Haught Fanick
Quantum of Solace: The Complete James Bond Short Stories by Ian Fleming
Startling Connections by Peter M. Leschner
Remote Control by Andy McNab
Fatherland by Robert Harris
Mushroom in the Sand by Farsheed Ferdowsi
The Road to Omaha by Robert Ludlum
The Boy from Reactor 4 (Nadia Tesla
The Berlin Deception by Jeffrey Vanke
The Great Firewall by Michael C. Boxall
Golden Buddha (The Oregon Files
The Lazarus Vendetta (Covert-One
Black Diamond Death by Cheryl Bradshaw
The Chancellor Manuscript by Robert Ludlum
The Lady Vanishes by Ethel Lina White
PRIMAL Vengeance (PRIMAL
The Prodigal Spy by Joseph Kanon
The Quiller Memorandum by Adam Hall
San Diego Spy Games: 1967 — The Saga Begins by Craig Wessel
The Eiger Sanction (Jonathan Hemlock
The Sisters by Robert Littell
Billion Dollar Brain by Len Deighton
The Warsaw Document by Adam Hall
Red Cell (Kyra Stryker & Jonathan Burke
Horse Under Water by Len Deighton
Cold Shot (Kyra Stryker & Jonathan Burke
Becoming Quinn (Jonathan Quinn
Spy Wednesday by William Hood
The Mandarin Cypher by Adam Hall
The Intercom Conspiracy by Eric Ambler
The Kobra Manifesto by Adam Hall
Doppelgänger by Chuck Driskell
The Scorpion Signal by Adam Hall
The Naive and Sentimental Lover by John le Carré
The Peking Target by Adam Hall
The Boston Fracture by Herve Jaubert
Quiller’s Run by Adam Hall
Mad Bad Spinning Top by Richard Cheesmar
Angel
Heart of Terror by Craig W. Dressler
Mightier than the Sword (The Henry Bride Thrillers
Now and Forever by Morris George
Spy Country by Alister Burns
Progeny by Patrick C. Greene
The Second Bat Guano War by J.M. Porup
Walking The Edge (Corpus Brides
Ratcatcher (John Purkiss
OSS: Dirty Tricks by Iain Cross
Spiritus Mundi Book II The Romance by Robert Sheppard
Source*Forged Armor by Paul J. Bartusiak
The Recruiter (Chuck Brandt
Girl Spins a Blade by Jacques Antoine
Nocturne
The Teacher’s Guide To Spying by Daniel Abbott
Weaponized by Nicholas Mennuti
Danube Stations by J.D. Mallinson
The Blue Nowhere by Jeffery Deaver

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