This book won the Canadian Crime Writers' Arthur Ellis Award for the Best Genre Criticism/Reference book of 1991. This collection of essays is an attempt to explore the history of spy fiction and spy films and investigate the significance of the ideas they contain. The volume offers new insights into the development and symbolism of British spy fiction.

chapter |16 pages


Fictions of History
ByWesley K. Wark

chapter |13 pages

Secret Negotiations

The Spy Figure in Nineteenth-century American Popular Fiction
ByChristine Bold

chapter |25 pages

Decoding German Spies

British Spy Fiction 1908–18
ByNicholas Hiley

chapter |12 pages

English Spy Thrillers in the Age of Appeasement

ByEric Homberger

chapter |25 pages

Ireland in Spy Fiction

ByKeith Jeffery, Eunan O’Halpin

chapter |19 pages

Our Man in Havana, Their Man in Madrid

Literary Invention in Espionage Fact and Fiction
ByDenis Smyth

chapter |25 pages

The Development of the Espionage Film

ByAlan R. Booth

chapter |24 pages

Ethics and Spy Fiction

ByJ.J. Macintosh

chapter |19 pages

Spy Fiction and Terrorism

ByPhilip Jenkins

chapter |8 pages

Why I Write Spy Fiction

ByJohn Starnes