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Publisher's Summary

For the first time ever, legendary editor Otto Penzler has handpicked some of the most respected and best-selling thriller writers working today for a riveting collection of spy fiction. From first to last, this stellar collection signals mission accomplished.


  • Lee Child with an incredible look at the formation of a special ops cell.
  • James Grady writing about an Arab undercover FBI agent with an active cell.
  • Joseph Finder riffing on a Boston architect who's convinced his Persian neighbors are up to no good.
  • John Lawton concocting a Len Deighton-esque story about British intelligence.
  • Stephen Hunter thrilling us with a tale about a WWII brigade.

Full list of Contributors:

James Grady, Charles McCarry, Lee Child, Joseph Finder, John Lawton, John Weisman, Stephen Hunter, Gayle Lynds, David Morrell, Andrew Klavan, Robert Wilson, Dan Fesperman, Stella Rimington, Olen Steinhauer.

©2010 Otto Penzler (P)2010 Random House

What the critics say

"Only Otto Penzler could bring together this dream team of espionage fiction - the short stories by some of America's most original thriller writers constitute an instant classic. Joseph Finder might be said to have supplied the tone for this splendid collection with the first line of his yarn: 'I can't shake the feeling that they're up to something.' The members of this dream team all are!" (Robert Littell)
"In Agents of Treachery, Otto Penzler doesn't just get A-plus talent - he does the real magic trick - he gets A-plus stories out of them. Embrace your inner spy and join the secret club." (Brad Meltzer)

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  • GSJos
  • 2015-06-30

Not great.

Interesting concept, but stories were way too short. Less authors and longer stories would be much better.

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  • Terry Hensley
  • 2011-06-28

Not as good as I'd hoped

The authors all seemed to go to the "dark side" for this one. Most of them write books where the characters overcome significant odds to come out on top. Almost all of these short stories seemed to have the good guys lose. Perhaps, they were all trying to be more realistic. Unfortunately, I read these types of novels for enjoyment and escapism. I see enough "reality" in daily life.

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  • Boyce
  • 2014-04-11

Ok Tales!!

What did you like best about Agents of Treachery? What did you like least?

It has several tales that really pulled me in, although I do not remember them since I have read several books since. It was about what I expect from an anthology like this. A few really good stories and the rest are ones that do not appeal to me.

Would you be willing to try another book from the authors? Why or why not?

Yes...they are all accomplished very good writers. Same appeal to me and some don't, but I would buy another book by the same authors.

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