A Fan's Guide to Spy Series!

Information on 993 series covering 6792 books!
As well as 263 movies, 2612 television episodes, and 2676 other things.

What's New
The last ten major changes to the site.

  • 04/21/2018 - A double-header today because both of these series are related. There is actually a third series in the group but I have not yet read the third and got impatient to add these two. So, please welcome The Disavowed, a series about three CIA agents who were forced out of the Agency and then just cannot keep from getting into trouble. And say hello to Matt Drake, a former SAS chap who becomes a major part of a secret agency called SPEAR.

  • 04/20/2018 - I received this exciting news from my friend, Mike Ripley, at Ostara Publishing: First published in 1970, Kenneth Royce’s thriller The XYY Man introduced a new anti-hero into the world of spy and crime fiction and despite the rather questionable premise behind the main character, Spider Scott, the book launched a popular television series which spawned not one but two distinct spin-offs.
    The unique aspect of XYY Man Spider Scott – said to be based on a professional criminal Kenneth Royce met whilst a prison visitor – is that he is blessed, or cursed, with an extra male ‘Y’ chromosome in his genetic make-up. This predisposes him to a life of crime, which was in fact a common theory in the late 1960s, though there was little – if any – scientific evidence for this.
    Whatever his genetics, Scott is a ‘creeper’ or cat burglar and a very good one, so good that his talents come to the notice of British Intelligence when a dangerous piece of house breaking is called for – the ‘house’ in question being the Chinese Legation in London. Unfortunately, Spider is also firmly on the radar of Detective Sergeant Bulman and it was this antagonistic relationship which was not only the mainstay of the 1976 television series The XYY Man but allowed the Bulman character to develop in the spin-off police series Strangers in 1978 and then to star in his own series as a private eye, in Bulman in 1985.
    Kenneth Royce (1920-1997) wrote seven Spider Scott novels and, later, three novels featuring Alf Bulman. Top Notch Thrillers is proud to be able to reissue the first two novels, The XYY Man (which has been out-of-print for more than 20 years) and the immediate sequel, The Concrete Boot from 1971.

  • 04/13/2018 - Happy Friday the 13th! Okay, no one ever really says that so let's pretend I didn't just type it. I come today with a series that I say in my write-up may not even be a real series and if it is, it hardly deserves that much attention. Still, it is my goal to bring forward any and all spy series I find in print. In keeping with that self-imposed obligation, I give you Super Spy 5Y-8R. Yeah, I had never heard of him before either.

  • 04/11/2018 - Happy Birthday to my beautiful bride. Though we are both now old enough for Social Security (that can NOT be right!) she still gladdens my heart and is, as always, my best friend. Okay! Enough mushy stuff! Today I present a 10-issue comic book intelligence agent from 1939. I describe him as plain vanilla, which he is, but sometimes I like vanilla. Please welcome Skip Schuyler to the compendium.

  • 04/07/2018 - Today I present a two-book series that is not a series. As I write in My Comments, it is not a series in the traditional sense but it does come close enough to qualify for me adding it. Carruthers is the name of the main character and thus the name of the series but he is largely absent in the second adventure. It would not have taken place, however, without his influence. Then you throw in the fact that the first adventure, The Riddle of the Sands was written in 1903 and the follow-up, The Shadow in the Sands came out almost one hundred years later. It kinds throws a wrench into the cogs of a normal series. But it does give me a chance to add one of the greatest spy thrillers, and certainly one of the first, into my compendium so I happily present it here.

  • 04/06/2018 - Yesterday I added the ten-book series (more if you count the side novels) about Bob Lee Swagger. Today I add the (so-far) two books about another sniper who turns out to be related to Swagger, Ray Cruz. I enjoyed the Cruz novels as much as I did the Swagger ones and I think you will, too. Please welcome him to the compendium.

  • 04/05/2018 - A fellow spy fan sent me a quick question from his I-Phone wondering why I did not have Bob Lee Swagger as one of the people in the compendium. I started to come up with a reason or two and then realized he was right. Swagger deals with numerous problems that should qualify him and besides, I have enjoyed several Bob Lee adventures over the year. I even enjoyed the Mark Wahlberg movie about the character. So! Here he is in the group. If you have not already, please check him out.

  • 04/02/2018 - Today I bring to the compendium a light romance spy series which I dub Adam & Anna as does Amazon but which the author has called the "A Spy Is ..." series. A single word description for the series is "rabbits". Read my comments and you will see why.

  • 03/31/2018 - As this strange March comes to an end, I bring a strange tale of a Bedouin girl turned Israeli attorney turned Mossad agent. As my write-up will indicate, I didn't always understand what was happening or why but I couldn't put the book down which says something for it. Please welcome Abigail to the compendium.

  • 03/25/2018 - Okay! Very interesting series for admittance to the compendium today. It is from 1969 and has two books in it about a black agent for an American intelligence outfit called SINTRAC. What makes it interesting, and I mostly use the term tongue-in-cheek, is that it was published by a soft-core publisher and is likely to have been considered a "dirty book" but it kinda also isn't. I had not heard of it until my pal from Argentina, Johny Malone, clued me into it. Please welcome Jeff Lawton.

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Say the word SPY to most people and they will respond with James Bond, with good reason as he is the best known of all fictional spies. With 20+ blockbuster movies over the last 40+ years, along with the standard movie hype, virtually the entire world knows about 007 and his License To Kill.

Of course, James Bond is by no means the only spy in the world of fiction, just the best known. Who are the rest? Who has his or her own license to kill, thrill, or chill. How do these agents stack up against each other? Who would you want beside you in a car chase, in a knife fight, in a dark alley, or beneath the covers?

This site is dedicated to the many, many men and women who, at least in fiction, have defended our freedoms against all forms of enemies, foreign and domestic. Well, granted a few of them were just in it for the money and many were only after the excitement, and sex played a huge role in the motivation of more than a few. But still, their actions helped not only preserve our way of life (on paper) but also brought us, the readers, many hours of escapism and vicarious pleasure.

So, who are these people that I have slaved so diligently to present to you? They are the men and women of spy-fi about whom there is a series. Single-book characters need not apply. There has to be at least two books. Two's the minimum but the more the merrier.

Moreover, I have confined membership to the English language. If it wasn't put into English so I can read it, I haven't worried about it.

Each spy has his or her own page. Click on the "Characters" button to go to a listing page. Click on the letter the character's last name starts with (or a more common moniker like "Death Merchant" if appropriate). That will take one step further into the labrynth. Finally, select the character's name from the list and, voila!

Have fun!!