Cold War chills in the warm sun
August 9, 2007 1:42 PM Subscribe
Give me the Cold War chills, please
. I'm going on vacation soon and I would like to settle down on the beach with a really juicy espionage novel, preferably something about the Cold War, something suitably dense, complex, panoramic and violent. What should I read?
posted by gentle to media & arts (37 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
I don't know my Le Carré from my Ludlum (though I have read The Constant Gardener and found it interesting though poorly written).
However, I'm terribly sensitive to bad writing; please don't recommend any Tom Clancies or Clive Cusslers or any of those authors whose name take up half the cover in embossed capitals.
Conversely, though they're brilliant novelists, I would also like to preemptively rule out Graham Greene and Norman Mailer, both of whom I find a bit too dry for this excursion.
So who's the Rohinton Mistry or Patrick O'Brian or James Ellroy of espionage thrillers?