Books: Spies & Eyes

The two prevailing trends in espionage-crime literature today go in opposite directions. One heads toward the pure escapism of Fleming flimflam, the other never comes in from the cold of procedural realism. The current best of the two worlds:

THE FRENCH DOLL by Vincent McConnor. 250 pages. Hill & Wang. $3.95. In this one the agent works for the U.S.'s Central Intelligence Agency. He starts off impersonating an American pilot who has been dead some 20 years but who sold an important flight chart to the Nazis in the last days of World War...

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