International Thrillers – Spies, CIA, FBI, Diplomats and Impossible Missions

The Heist by Daniel Silva FIC SILVA
Gabriel Allon, art restorer and occasional spy for Israel, must play a dangerous game of high stakes international intrigue as he searches for a stolen masterpiece by Caravaggio. (Series)

I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes FIC HAYES
“Pilgrim” is an American intelligence operative who, despite wanting to retire to a “normal” life, stumbles upon the biggest case of his career. His story starts with an unrelated murder in a seedy New York hotel room and quickly escalates to a matter of national security.

Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews FIC MATTHEWS
Drafted against her will to serve the regime of Vladimir Putin as an intelligence seductress, Dominika Egorova engages in a charged effort of deception and tradecraft with first-tour CIA officer Nathaniel Nash before a forbidden attraction threatens their careers.

The Last Man by Vince Flynn FIC FLYNN
When a CIA black ops master with ties to disreputable figures in Afghanistan goes missing, Mitch Rapp is ordered to track down the missing man at all costs and finds himself enmeshed in a dangerous plot involving the interests of numerous countries. (Series)

Personal by Lee Child FIC CHILD
Jack Reacher finds himself working for the State Department and the CIA to track down the American sniper who took a shot at the president of France and is possibly targeting the G-8 summit packed with world leaders. (Series)

The Lost Key by Catherine Coulter FIC COULTER
A murder on Wall Street sends new FBI Special Agent Nicholas Drummond on a hair-raising international chase to save the world as we know it. (Series)

Critical Mass by Sara Paretsky FIC PARETSKY
V.I. Warshawski’s closest friend in Chicago is the Viennese-born doctor Lotty Herschel, who lost most of her family in the Holocaust. Her daughter has troubles which turn out to be just the tip of an iceberg of lies, secrets, and silence, whose origins go back to the mad competition among America, Germany, Japan and England to develop the first atomic bomb. (Series)

Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Ascendancy by Eric Van Lustbader FIC LUSTBADER
Jason Bourne is faced with an impossible mission. He has been hired to impersonate a high-level government minister at a political summit meeting in Qatar, shielding the minister from any assassination attempts. Suddenly, armed gunmen storm the room, killing everyone but Bourne. Their target, however, isn’t the minister Bourne impersonates….it is Bourne himself. (Series)

Command Authority by Tim Clancy and Mark Greaney FIC CLANCY
There’s a new strong man in Russia, but his rise to power is based on a dark secret hidden decades in the past, and the solution to that mystery lies with a most unexpected source, President Jack Ryan. (Series)

The Cairo Affair by Olen Steinhauer FIC STEINHAUER
Career diplomat Emmett Kohl is shot dead in a restaurant, in front of his disbelieving wife, Sophie. Determined to find out why, she follows a trail that leads to the American embassy in a tumultuous Cairo; to the revolution under way in neighboring Libya; to Langley, Virginia; and to her own ill-fated honeymoon in Eastern Europe.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson FIC LARSSON
Wealthy young Harriet Vanger disappeared 40 years ago, and Uncle Henrik always thought she was murdered. Now he’s drafted a hotshot journalist and a tattooed hacker to investigate.

The Kill List by Frederick Forsyth FIC FORSYTH
The Technical Operations Support Activity tracks kills those so dangerous to the United States that they are on a short document known as the Kill List. Added to it is a terrorist of frightening effectiveness called the Preacher, who radicalizes young Muslims abroad to carry out assassinations. Unfortunately for him, one of the kills is a retired Marine general, whose son is TOSA’s top hunter of men.

An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris FIC HARRIS
A tale inspired by the infamous Dreyfus Affair finds recently promoted head of Paris’s late-19th-century counterespionage agency Georges Picquart leading the effort to convict Dreyfus only to succumb to gradual doubts that a high-level spy remains at large in the military.

Paris Match by Stuart Wood FIC WOODS
Stone Barrington returns to Paris only to be embroiled in high-stakes trouble involving an old enemy with a vengeful associate and a scandal that threatens to disrupt a vital project in the United States. (Series)

Never Coming Back by Tim Weaver FIC WEAVER
After her sister, her brother-in-law, and two nieces vanish, leaving dinner on the table and the front door unlocked, Emily Kane seeks help from her former boyfriend, a private investigator, who discovers a sinister plot years in the making.

The Third Gate By Lincoln Child FIC CHILD
Famed archaelogist Porter Stone, who believes he has discovered the burial chamber of a near-mythical Egyptian pharaoh and a mystical double crown, and his team suffer bizarre accidents that Professor Jeremy Logan is brought in to investigate.

Inferno by Dan Brown FIC BROWN
In Italy, Harvard professor Robert Langdon is drawn into a world centered on one of history’s most mysterious literary masterpieces–Dante’s “Inferno”–as he battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle.

Black List by Brad Thor FIC THOR
After a series of events against the U.S. and an imminent attack on the way, private intelligence officer Scot Harvath and his team must carry out two dangerous operations under absolute secrecy. (Series)

The Target by David Baldacci FIC BALDACCI
Earl Fontaine, a terminally ill Alabama death row prisoner, plans one last killing that will personally affect Robie and his fellow agent, Jessica Reel. Meanwhile Evan Tucker, the head of the CIA, recommends Robie and Reel for a mission to assasinate a foreign leader. (Series)

The Prince of Risk by Christopher Reich FIC REICH
Robert “Bobby” Astor is a rising New York hedge fund manager on the cusp of making his biggest, most daring killing yet. But everything changes when his father, the chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, is killed in a brazen, mystifying attack on the south lawn of the White House while en route to deliver a terrifying secret to the President of the United States.

List Created 11/23/14 – Laurie Adler

Posted in Adult Staff Picks, Reading Lists and tagged , , , , .