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December 06, 2007


Pat Patterson

Definitely agree about the inclusion of Hammett though I might suggest adding the cheerful bloodshed and anarchy of Red Harvest. But I would have chosen Eric Ambler's A Coffin for Demitrios and Journey into Fear in addition to John Buchan. I also would credit the earliest spy thriller to the unfortunate Erskine Childer's The Riddle of the Sands which was later acknowledged by Buchan to be one of his favorite books.


I read the 39 Steps and Greenmantle at Christmas last year at the same time as reading The Orientalist, which was on last year's list, and enjoyed them very much--they make a great combination. I have them (the Buchan Hannay books) in a great omnibus edition put out by Godine.

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