Otto Penzler Shares Stories about Ambler, Deighton, McCarry, John le Carré, and more (183)

Welcome to Episode 183 of the Spybrary Spy Book podcast.

This week, Spywrite‘s Jeff Quest welcomes Otto Penzler to the show. Otto shares stories from his many years of collecting books and meeting spy fiction authors.

You’ll hear stories about Eric Ambler, Charles McCarry, John le Carré and many more. , 

Plus, hear about his meeting with Len Deighton, how Ross Thomas nearly lost out on a million dollars, and a shocking revelation about a piece by Quiller writer Adam Hall.

All that in this episode.

Otto Penzler (top left) at an NYC Spybrary tref with authors Joseph Kanon, Paul Vidich, Simon Conway, Tim Shipman plus John le Carre spy book collector Steven Ritterman and Spybrary Founder Shane Whaley.

The Mysterious Bookshop – 

Mysterious Press – 

Ross Thomas – 

The Great Detectives piece on Quiller –

The Otto Penzler Collection of British Espionage & Thriller Fiction – 

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  1. BQ

    An outstanding interview! Well done. Otto Penzler is a fascinating individual & his knowledge of books is amazing!!! 👍👍👍

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