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The Oxford Book of Spy Stories By Edited by Michael Cox

The Oxford Book of Spy Stories
by Edited by Michael Cox

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A collection of 29 of the best short stories of espionage in English literature, depicting the spy variously as romantic hero, professional sleuth, and disillusioned Cold War warrior.
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The Oxford Book of Spy Stories by Edited by Michael Cox

The spy is one of the great icons of the twentieth century. Born in an era of imperial decline, the spy in fiction has reflected the shifting currents of national and international politics for a century and more. This anthology offers a panorama of the best spy stories, which have forever fixed the concept of espionage in the popular imagination. In tales of political intrigue, wartime heroism, and peacetime scheming, we see the spy at work and at rest, sometimes the romantic saviour of a nation's secret, more often an embittered loner, wracked with disillusion and uncertainty. The great game becomes a grubby business in which the enemy may, indeed, be one of us. These stories by writers of the calibre of A. E. W. Mason, John Buchan, Frank O'Connor, Ian Fleming, Len Deighton, Michael Gilbert and Graham Greene, range from traditional thrillers with the spy as hero to explorations of the metaphoric potential of espionage and the moral, political and psychological issues that such an activity brings into question. Together with Michael Cox's fascinating introduction, they form a wonderfully entertaining literary insight into a world of intrigue and deception. This book is intended for readers of spy fiction, detective stories, thrillers, anthologies of short stories.

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About Edited by Michael Cox

About the Editor:
Michael Cox has compiled a number of highly popular anthologies, including The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories, Victorian Ghost Stories (both with R. A. Gilbert), and Victorian Detective Stories.

Table of Contents

Ambrose Bierce: Parker Adderson, Philosopher. Baroness Orczy: The Red Carnation. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch: The Rider in the Dawn. William le Queux: The Brass Butterfly. A. E. Mason: Peiffer. Edgar Wallace: Mr Collingrey, MP. John Buchan: The Lit Chamber. E. Phillips Oppenheim: The Reckoning with Otto Schreed. W. Somerset Maugham: Giulia Lazzari. C. E. Montague: Judith. Valentine Williams: The Pigeon Man. Frank O' Connor: Jumbo's Wife. W. E. Johns: Affairs de Coeur. Edward D. Hoch: Waiting for Mrs Ryder. A. E. Divine: Flood on the Goodwins. Lord Dunsany: How Ryan Got Out of Russia. John Galsworthy: A Patriot. Peter Cheyney: A Double Double-Cross. Fred Ambler: The Army of the Shadows. Robert Sheckley: Citizens in Space. Ian Fleming: Risico. Thomas Pynchon: Under the Rose. Geoffrey Houshold: Keep Walking. Len Deighton: Paper Casualty. Michael Gilbert: Signal Tresham. John Wainwright: Final Demand. Ted Allbeury: The Rocking-horse Spy. William Haggard: The Great Divide. Graham Greene: A Branch of the Service. Edward D. Hoch: Waiting For Mrs Ryder

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The Oxford Book of Spy Stories by Edited by Michael Cox
Edited by Michael Cox
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