Fine spy fiction: in response to this blog post (bleg) for recommended reading, Infocult readers have responded generously and thoughtfully. That comments thread is a fine example of Web 2.0 collaborative information-mongering, not to mention personal kindness.
Also generous were responders from the Brainstorms community. These fine folks came up with a keen set of recommendations, which I've blended into the following. I've also included the few I've actually read.
UPDATED August 29:
The Reading List so far
Shauna Singh Baldwin, The Tiger Claw (2005).
Noel Behn, The Kremlin Letter (1966; filmed 1970).
William Boyd, Restless (2006).
G. K. Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday (1908) (Librivox version) (Orson Welles radioplay, 1938 (mp3)).
Erskine Childers, The Riddle of the Sands (1903) (Gutenberg etext).
Joseph Conrad, The Secret Agent (1907) (Gutenberg etext; Librivox version).
Arthur Conan Doyle, several Sherlock Holmes espionage tales.
Len Deighton, SSGB, The Ipcress File, A Funeral in Berlin, Catch A Falling Spy and his Bernard Samson novels.
Alan Furst, Night Soldiers (1988), Dark Star (1991), Polish Officer.
Bill Grainger, the Devereaux series. The November Man, Schism, There Are No Spies, Burning The Apostle.
Graham Greene, The Quiet American (1955), Our Man in Havana (1958), The Human Factor, The Ministry of Fear, Burnt-Out Case, Confidential Agent.
Graham Greene and Hugh Greene (ed), The Spy's Bedside Book (1957)
Adam Hall, the Quiller novels, starting with The Quiller Memorandum (1965) (Google book).
Robert Harris, Fatherland (1992), Enigma (1995), Archangel (1998).
David Ignatius, Body of Lies (2007) (Google Books) (forthcoming film), Agents of Innocence (1987)
Philip Kerr, Berlin Trilogy (March Violets, The Pale Criminal, A German Requiem, 1989-1991)
Rudyard Kipling, Kim (1901) (Gutenberg etext; Librivox reading).
John le Carré, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, A Small Town in Germany, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Smiley's People. The Karla sequence. The Constant Gardner.
Robert Littell, The Company (2002).
Helen MacInnes, [reccomended titles?].
Ian McEwan, The Innocent (1990).
Henry Porter, A Spy's Life (2001) and Remembrance Day (1999)
Tim Powers, Declare (2001), Three Days to Never (2006).
Anthony Price, David Audley series.
Julian Rathbone, Sand Blind (1994).
Leslie Silbert, The Intelligencer (2004) (Google Books).
Sandbaggers tv show (1978-1980) .
Body of Lies (forthcoming 2008)
i will update this post if more recommendations come in. After a while I'll set it up as a Typepad "page."
PS: is it time for a fine spy fiction podcast? Several genre podcasts have become very successful, like Escape Pod and Pseudopod. Librivox already did some of these, including the Chesterton and Doyle.
PPS: can we please have more women authors? Some here: "Women Writers Infiltrate the Spy Genre" (Wall Street Journal, 2004).