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Spy fiction

Spy fiction, a genre of literature involving espionage as an important context or plot device, emerged in the early twentieth century, inspired by rivalries and intrigues between the major powers, and the establishment of modern intelligence agencies. It was given new impetus by the development of fascism and communism in the lead-up to World War II, continued to develop during the Cold War, and received a fresh impetus from the emergence of rogue states, international criminal organizations, global terrorist networks, maritime piracy and technological sabotage and espionage as potent threats to Western societies.

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A list of the top 10 spy novels ever published. I've heard of only one--The Quiet American. Having read Graham Greene before, I'm sure it's a difficult but worth read. Harriet the Spy should totally have been in here. Just saying...

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