IFP have just published their eighteen nominations for this year's award and PussyNoMore knows three of them to be outstanding.
Spook Street by Mick Herron - this is the fourth novel in his sublime series about the Mi5 misfits called 'The Slow Horses'. PussyNoMore has read them all and can't recommend them highly enough. Herron is absolutely the best spy fiction writer working today and is truly up there with Fleming, Le Carre and Deighton. If you don't like his stuff, you've had your taste buds removed and haven't got a pulse. He should win, it's that simple!
A Hero In France by Alan Furst - PussyNoMore likes Furst's novels largely for the atmosphere. Nobody evokes war torn Europe quite like Furst (except perhaps Philip Kerr) and although his plots aren't - per se - always the most memorable his characters are and the sense of trepidation that he instills into the reader is something else. You expect the Gestapo to burst through the door at any minute.
Great stuff and this one is good. If Bogie and Bacall were still with us they'd be in the movie.
Jericho's War by Gerald Seymour - like Forsyth with 'Day Of The Jackal' , Seymour's best book remains his first, 'Harry's Game'. A bizarre phenomena because aren't writers supposed to get better. After all, Fleming's best was his fifth. That said Seymour's work is of a uniformly high standard and this one is no exception. It's about a plot to take out an Al Qaeda big wig. Definitely worth your time particularly if you like Le Carre.
PussyNoMore can't claim to have read the others and there may be a diamond in the rough. He does however know some of the other authors and puzzles over how they got onto any list - let alone this one.
If you read anything, read 'Spook Street' and you'll be buying PussyNoMore a Hendricks and tonic next time you see him.