23: From Modesty Blaise to Mick Herron on Dead Drop 5

We talk Mick Herron, Ian Fleming, Len Deighton, John Le Carre and many more on Dead Drop 5

David Craggs enjoying Mick Herron's Spook Street
David Craggs enjoying Mick Herron's Spook Street

Today we launch a new series for Spybrary, it is called DEAD DROP 5.

Today’s guest is deep under cover, behind the wall embedded in Communist East Berlin, he has asked his SIS handler to stash 5 of his favorite spy books in their dead drop location in the Friedrichshain park.

Dead Drop 5 on the Spybrary Podcast
Dead Drop 5 on the Spybrary Podcast

David Craggs has been reading spy books for over 50 years, he is a frequent contributor to the excellent Literary007.com and today he is going to share with us which books he wants deposited in his DEAD DROP 5 and why! We deep dive into David's choices and get his take on the spy book landscape.

Check out David Craggs excellent blog post all about collecting Ian Fleming books as a schooboy in the 60s  titled ‘The Spy Who Loved Me – A Very Personal Story‘ – Highly Recommended reading.

Don't read on if you want to be surprised by David's choices, click play above and then come back to check out some of the books David Craggs recommends every spy fan should read. If you are interested in sharing your 5 spy books with us – please email us here

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Talk more about spy books in our Spybrary discussion group

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David Craggs' Dead Drop 5.

David Cragg's Dead Drop 5!
David Cragg's Dead Drop 5!

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From Russia With Love – Ian Fleming


The Ipcress File -Len Deighton


Sabre Tooth – Peter O'Donnell


The Honourable Schoolboy – John le Carre


Spook Street – Mick Herron

Books and other items of interest to spy fans mentioned on this episode of Spybrary

David Craggs interview with Mick Herron

Cobra Trap – Peter O'Donnell

Slow Horses – Mick Herron

Mick Herron Author Page on Amazon

John Lawton books

The Bernie Gunther novels of Philip Kerr (fans site.)

John Buchan – The 39 Steps









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4 Responses
  1. Patricia Eggert

    Thoroughly enjoyable discussion with David Craggs who obviously has broad knowledge and deep appreciation of the genre. Loved this.


    I’m also a big fan of IPCRESS and Modesty Blaise, and his favorite Le Carre and Bond film are the same as mine. So I just have to follow his Herron recommendation. Great episode (my first).

  3. Wonderful discussion – thanks so much. I can only echo the praise for Mick Herron. I’m midway through Spook Street and, each book seems to be better than the previous one, and they are all wonderful