Mystery-Thriller-Suspense Fiction | John le Carre’s last interview

FRiction FRiday | Tom Clancy Redux | Dead or Alive

What have I gotten myself into? Lately, Dead or Alive

Don’t forget that I’ve just forged through two, 1,000 page books, Ken Follett’s Fall of Giants, and now Clancy’s tome

Gimme a break this time, okay?

Don’t worry

You’re in the right place

I’m glad you’re here, though

and don’t worry if it seems like you landed on the wrong planet



com”>FRiction FRiday to have a little fun and settle in for the weekend by uncovering a few more of our favorite Mystery-Thriller-Suspense novels

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John le Carre’s last interview

Some of you may have seen The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963), and thinking, wow, that’s some spooky sh**

But did you know that John le Carre is a pseudonym

I didn’t

for David John Moore Cornwell? He was actually a spy for MI5 and MI6 in England and left the service to write novels once this blockbuster hit

Next on my shelf will be his latest, Our Kind of Traitor, which reportedly is the “old” John le Carre

I’m not what that means to everyone, but it does confirm my sense that his novels got increasingly obtuse over time, with his George Smiley character as inscrutable as ever

You’d like all of those books if you liked If you love the clarity of James Bond, leave out the le Carre spooks

But, you couldn’t play solitaire and watch it at the same time, that’s for damn sure

Too much subtlety, nuance, innuendo, misdirection

like George Smiley

If you read or watch the interview, you’ll see that le Carre rejects the James Bond formula where it’s eminently clear who’s wearing the white or black hat

He prefers the uncertainty, and in his last several books, achieved it

If you’re paying close attention, great

If you’re reading in bed with your faculties flagging, it’s hard to keep it all straight

What do you think of John le Carre’s novels? If you love this genre, you must have read at least a few of these?

Thriller Roundtable

If you haven’t heard of it, you might want to check out 


org/2011/02/coming-february-28th-to-march-6th-what-is-your-favorite-thriller-sub-genre-why/” target=”_blank”>Thriller Roundtable, which during February 28th to March 6th, examines “What is your favorite thriller sub-genre?

1944px;”>What’s your favorite? New Amazon Widget

Just so you know, I’m trying out an Amazon widget

and maybe some others down the road

to see how it works

I’ve updated it this week to include Ken Follett’s novels along with The Judas Gate and Dead or Alive mentioned above, and a few of the recent favorites that I’ve mentioned on Let me know what you think

Do you care? Does it bug you? Is it helpful at all?

Just arrived

and arriving on the bookshelf

  • John le Carre, Our Kind of Traitor, his 22nd novel in 50 years
  • Dead Zero, the 17th book in the Bob Lee Swagger series from Stephen Hunter

  • Brad Meltzer, The Inner Circle, is finally here

  • Three Stations with Arkady Renko, the Moscow detective from Martin Cruz Smith

So much more to say

so little time

What are you reading? Who do you like?

See ya next week!

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