This week’s nonfiction round-up features a how-to guide for builders and inventors and a manual to living like a spy. 52 RANDOM WEEKEND PROJECTS: For Budding Inventors and Backyard Builders by Grant Thompson From one of YouTube’s most popular channels comes a how-to book on the most impressive projects, crafts, and building things that go […]
Tracy Walder went straight from her college sorority to to the CIA, where she hunted terrorists and WMDs. In her memoir, THE UNEXPECTED SPY: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret Life Taking Down Some of the World’s Most Notorious Terrorists, she tells the story of her life in the CIA and, later, the […]
Happy Monday, YA librarians, and welcome to today’s special *Monday edition* of Teen Talk Tuesday! Check out our latest & greatest teen titles out this month! IN SIGHT OF STARS by Gae Polisner 9781250143839 Ages 14 to 18 IN SIGHT OF STARS is an emotional, full-hearted teen novel about love, loss, and mental health from […]
Happy #ThrillerThursday to new, mysteries, thrillers & true crime! A SINGLE SPY by William Christie Two starred reviews! During WWII, young Russian spy with divided loyalties, under deep cover in Nazi Germany, uncovers an assassination plot that could change the course of history. “With detailed historical events, compelling characters, and plenty of heart-grabbing moments, this […]
Spies and detectives and murderers, oh my! A DIVIDED SPY by Charles Cumming Two starred reviews! A former MI6 officer, Thomas Kell devoted his life to the Service, but it has left him with nothing but grief and a simmering anger against the Kremlin. Then Kell is offered an unexpected chance at revenge. Taking the […]
We’re seeing many stars for these great genre reads: BY GASLIGHT by Steven Price “With its intricate cat-and-mouse game, array of idiosyncratic characters, and brooding atmosphere, BY GASLIGHT has much to please fans of both classic suspense and Victorian fiction.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review “The author’s blend of quest, grief, betrayal, and the mysteries […]
Amelia Levene, the first female Chief of MI6, has disappeared just weeks before she is due to take over as the most influential spy in Europe. Desperate to find her and keep her disappearance a secret, Britain’s top intelligence agents turn to one of their own: disgraced MI6 officer Thomas Kell.
"Cumming is particularly skilled at sketching his characters, most notably Kell (a classically reluctant spy) and Weldon, who’s haunted by personal demons central to the elaborate puzzle of a story. The elegant prose will appeal to those who don’t usually read spy fiction." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A FOREIGN COUNTRY is nominated for The 2012 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award!
Olen Steinhauer was recently profiled in Publishers Weekly about his latest novel AN AMERICAN SPY featuring the reluctant, contemporary spy Milo Weaver (preceded by THE TOURIST and THE NEAREST EXIT). The article, "A Literary Spy: Olen Steinhauer," discusses Steinhauer's journey to writing spies and what intrigues him about them. The article reads,
"Steinhauer's remarkable portrayal of the trilogy's Weaver has garnered comparisons with John le Carré. A huge fan of le Carré, Steinhauer calls THINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY 'a wholly literary novel.' It seems clear that Steinhauer, in that spirit is trying to marry literary devotion to craft and seriousness with the compelling narratives of genre. A lot of today's spy fiction 'is interested in how spies work,' he says. 'I'm interested in how people deceive each other.'"
Steinhauer also offers some interesting commentary on his writing process. He says,
"I write myself into a corner, then get stuck, then get an idea, then change everything... If it went smoothly, I'd be worried."
Publishers Weekly also gave AN AMERICAN SPY a starred review and said,
"Steinhauer is particularly good at articulating contemporary spy craft—the mechanics of surveillance and intelligence in the digital age and the depth of paranoia endemic to the trade. In addition, his ability to create characters with genuine emotions and conflicts, coupled with an insightful and often poetic writing style, set him apart in the world of espionage fiction."