Death by Espionage: Intriguing Stories of Deception and Betrayal by Martin Cruz Smith

Bestselling crime fiction author Martin Cruz Smith is best known for his Moscow detective novel, Gorky Park.

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Death by Espionage: Intriguing Stories of Deception and Betrayal by Martin Cruz Smith


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  • Hardcover: 415 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.49 x 9.35 x 6.41
  • Publisher: Cumberland House; (September 1, 1999)
  • ISBN: 1581820402

    From Publishers Weekly
    Drawing on the long history and cosmopolitan membership of the International Association of Crime Writers, the author of the Arkady Renko thrillers has stitched together a crazy quilt of 19 spy stories set in locales as far-flung as Israel, Cuba and Thailand. Smith's selections include works by major 19th-century figures such as Guy de Maupassant and Mark Twain, as well as tales by lesser-known modern practitioners, including Carmen Iarrera and Jean-Hughes Oppel. There are also entries from authors whose fame lies in other genres: John D. MacDonald's "Betrayed," Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans" and John Jakes's "Dr. Sweetkill." The result is an intriguing mix of classic stories and new, post-Cold War points of view that often subvert the James Bond archetype. Ambrose Bierce's excellent account of a meeting between a noble Confederate spy and a Union captain, "The Story of Conscience," demonstrates the affection a man can feel for his enemy. Arnaldo Correa's solid entry, "Spy's Fate," features a Cuban master spy whose demanding job has destroyed the happiness of his family. Jose Latour's compelling "Golam" describes an Israeli agent who decides to write his memoirs in order to gain recognition for his secret feats. There are some disappointing selections, and many modern giants are missing (Ian Fleming, Eric Ambler, Graham Greene among them), but Smith's compilation can wear a sturdy cloak and shining dagger with honor. (Oct.)
    Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.




    Reader Reviews
    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful: Grave Disappointment of Cruz Smith, March 14, 2001 Reviewer: Bob Carignan, artist/photographer from Kors»r, Vestsj╩lland Denmark I am more than an avid fan of Mr. Martin Cruz Smith. I own a complete collection of his works. Either I read the book hype wrong or else I have mis-judged Mr. Cruz Smith's ability as a writer. Except for the excerpts by established time honored writers: Mark Twain, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Guy de Maupassant, I find the book mundane, deplorable and a disappointment that Mr. Cruz Smith attached his name to it. I found bad usage of grammar, stories that lost the development of the plot, confusion of character identification (Frederick ?)and just poor mystery writing overall.Amaturism personified. Mr. Cruz Smith, did you read the book before you affixed your name to it? I will gladly sell it if I thought I could recoup my costs. This shakes my confidence in Mr. Cruz Smiths future writings and whether or not I may purchase them.

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