Canto for a Gypsy: Martin Cruz Smith


It’s hard to believe the same author that wrote the Arkady Renko and December 6 masterpieces provided us with this (yes, it’s an early novel, before MCS found his ‘feet,’ but still…).

I am a sucker for fiction about Hungary, a nation that went from superpower to irrelevancy in a few mere years and it sits far outside our general sphere of recognition today.
Unfortunately, you won’t find much to keep you here.
Try David Downing’s “Station” novels instead.


The Cairo Affair: Olen Steinhauer

Steinhauer perfectly captures the evil and banality inherent in the ugly world of espionage and spying, disabusing us of the romantic notion that there is anything glamorous or noble about it.