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THE BOOK OF SPIES has arrived!
Buckle your trench coats – you’re in for a great ride. THE BOOK OF SPIES is the opening book in Gayle’s first spy series and stars two brand-new, fascinating characters – intelligence officer Judd Ryder and rare books curator Eva Blake. Keep visiting Gayle’s website for more information, or to receive news first, sign up for her periodic newsletter.
To whet your reading appetite, here's a taste of the excitement to come: For centuries, emperors, historians, and even the Vatican have tried to locate Ivan the Terrible's magnificent Library of Gold. Now one of the volumes, The Book of Spies, has surfaced, and along with it the secret book club that owns the Library of Gold. They form a cabal of the globe's most powerful men - men who will do anything to achieve their aims and protect their interests. Somehow the CIA must do what no one else has been able to do - find the library and stop them.
The Library Journal
names The Book of Spies one of the Best Books of the Year – TWICE! "A master of the espionage thriller ... a thrilling, spy-laden, history-rich page-turner." Gayle is honored that the critics of the journal have chosen The Book of Spies as one of the top books of 2011 – both in print, and in audio.
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barnesandnoble James Rollins, New York Time bestseller of The Doomsday Key:
“Gayle Lynds’s latest novel The Book of Spies is hands-down the best book I’ve read all year. Wow.”
Publishers' Weekly:
"Complicated, appealing characters complement the satisfying, conspiracy-laden plot that smoothly moves throughout Europe at breakneck speed."
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Times-Argus:
"The Book of Spies is a riveting novel that never lets up."
The Big Thrill webzine:
"The writing was so fast, the action so believable, and the characters so realistic, I forgot I was reading."
An RT Top Pick!
Characters whose hidden depths are just starting to be revealed. When you begin a Lynds book, a roller-coaster ride is in store.
Movie News
Check out the announcement in Variety of Vigorous Picture's option of The Last Spymaster. Who do you think should play Jay Tice, Elaine Cunningham, and Raina Manhardt?
 
   
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I hope you've read AGENTS OF TREACHERY, edited by the legendary Otto Penzler. It's billed as the only collection of spy stories by today's top spy authors. Gayle is proud that her story, "Max Is Calling," will be read on BBC radio in October in celebration of the 80th birthday of one of her heroes -- the great John le Carré.

   
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THE BOOK OF SPIES is nominated!
Read by the golden-voiced Kate Reading, the audio version of The Book of Spies has been nominated for the Audie Award in thrillers. Gayle is thrilled. The winners will be announced May 24 at the Audies Gala at the TimesCenter in New York City. To see the list of terrific finalists, visit Mystery Fanfare.
   
library of gold Library of Gold = Book of Spies
The selection of titles is mysterious. Authors daydream them, brainstorm them, and then finally throw the runes. Gayle’s great New York publisher, St. Martin’s, chose the title The Book of Spies, but her wonderful United Kingdom publisher, Corvus, selected The Library of Gold. So readers beware! You can buy or borrow both, but you’ll find the same story inside. By the way, several magazines and newspapers have named it among the best thrillers of the year.
   
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Ever wonder how a villain is created? In this short video, Gayle talks about how she accidentally created a major villain in the new
collaborative novel, Watchlist.
   
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Gayle was interviewed with two other writers in the Boston Globe about Russian spies.
   
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Gayle was invited to participate in the International Thriller Writers' panel held during the BookExpoAmerica in the first week of June 2010 at the glass and concrete bunker that is New York’s Javits Convention Center. For a full write-up of this event, go to Book Expo America 2010. For photos of Gayle and her friends, you can visit her photo album.

   

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The Los Angeles Times Book Festival is one of Gayle's fave events of the year and it's always preceded by the literary bash at the fabulous Mystery Bookstore. See a photo of Gayle with fellow authors Dianne Emley and Les Klinger.
   
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Celebrate Libraries and Librarians with Gayle

"In Gayle Lynds' latest release,The Book of Spies, she removes the"nerdiness" from book club members and makes them world class powerbrokers. And after reading this great thriller, you'll never look at librarians the same way again..."
   

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About this Guide



The following author biography and list of questions about The Book of Spies are intended as resources to aid individual readers and book groups who would like to learn more about the author and this book. We hope that this guide will provide you a starting place for discussion,and suggest a variety of perspectives from which you might approach The Book of Spies.
   
   
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Read Tracey Kelley's interview with Gayle

It’s no secret: award-winning author Gayle Lynds loves a little cloak and dagger. She’s even written novels under a pseudonym (but if we told you the name, we'd have to...well, you know)...

   
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CIA Test Your Observation Skills
You’re at the CIA’s secret training facilities at Camp Peary on the York River in southeastern Virginia. Of course you’ve been calling it by its colloquial name, the Farm, for months - ever since you joined the Agency and began the exciting and grueling process of becoming a clandestine officer. Depending on your future work, you’ll stay for weeks or months. Here’s one of your brain-training exercises, donated by a former spy.
   
trenchcoat Get Involved in a CIA Operational Scenario
While you’re at the Farm, the CIA’s very secret base in Virginia, you’ll receive paramilitary training including airborne jumps and a POW camp experience, learn how to work with explosives, experience and conduct vehicle “crash and burn” on both land and water, and become versed in weapons, recruiting, and surveilling. One of the most important of your courses will be to plan operations in fictitious nations with names like Vaingloria, Arrogancia, and Farlandia.
   
Publisher's Weekly

Top 15 Spy Novels

The erudite Peter Cannon of Publishers Weekly, the bible of the publishing industry, has compiled a list of 15 top spy novels.  It's a terrific list, and sure to raise some thoughtful — and even heated — discussion.

1. John le Carre, THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD (1963)
2. Robert Ludlum, THE BOURNE IDENTITY (1980)
3. Frederick Forsyth, THE DAY OF THE JACKAL (1971)
4. Ian Fleming, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1962)
5. Graham Greene, THE QUIET AMERICAN (1955)
6. Len Deighton, THE IPCRESS FILE (1962)
7. Ken Follett, THE EYE OF THE NEEDLE
8. Gayle Lynds, MASQUERADE (1996)
9. Joseph Finder, THE MOSCOW CLUB (1991)
10. Helen MacInnes, ABOVE SUSPICION (1939)
11. John Buchan, THE 39 STEPS (1915)
12. Norman Mailer, HARLOT'S GHOST (1991)
13. Daniel Silva, THE UNLIKELY SPY (1996)
14. Erskine Childers, THE RIDDLE OF THE SANDS (1903)
15. Colin MacKinnon, MORNING SPY, EVENING SPY (2006)
   
copper bracelet logo A Terrific New Serial Novel from ITW

Gayle had a great time working with 17 of today’s top thriller authors in creating THE COPPER BRACELET, a serial audio novel. Congratulations to all – it hit #1 on the Audible bestseller list! You can download the first chapter for free at www.audible.com Registration is required, but no credit card is necessary. Gayle's coauthors are Linda Barnes, Brett Battles, David Corbett, Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, Joseph Finder, Jim Fusilli, John Gilstrap, David Hewson,Jon Land, David Liss, P.J. Parrish, James Phelan, M.J. Rose, Lisa Scottoline, and Jenny Siler.
   
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Is your namesake in THE BOOK OF SPIES?

In an earlier contest, readers bravely submitted their names for
consideration. Gayle had to do a lot head scratching, because there were so many good ones from which to choose. She is delighted to report that now some thirty of your fellow readers appear as criminals, corpses, and heroes in THE BOOK OF SPIES. No description is accurate, and Gayle is sworn to secrecy which character names belong to readers and which are figments of her crazed imagination. But she will reveal one piece of insider intel: Appearing in the book is Gayle's friend, New York Times bestselling author Douglas Preston, who asked to be a villain. Be sure to read Doug's newest thriller, IMPACT, due out January 5.

   
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Want your name to appear in Gayle's next spy thriller?

This is all you have to do to have your name considered: By February 1, 2010, first sign into Gayle's guestbook, then send an email to fan_mail@gaylelynds.com swearing you don't mind who your namesake ends up being — hero or villain, walk-on or long-running secondary character, or even a mangled corpse. Gayle will choose names and get back to you later in 2010... More

   
The Last Spymaster

Test Your Spy-Q

Ever wanted to be a spy? You're not alone. Americans are applying to the CIA at higher rates than ever before. For fun, step into the World of Espionage and test your Spy-Q — ten questions with answers, and your personal score. Enjoy!

   
Sign the Guest Book Win Your Own Autographed Copy

You can have your own autographed hardcover copy of THE LAST SPYMASTER plus other new prizes.  Just sign Gayle's guestbook.  Everyone has a chance to win.  If you've already signed, you don't have to again.  But remember, sending her a comment in the "comments box" won't get you into the drawing. You must fill out the sign-up box. Don't worry — no one else will have your name, email address, or mailing address. We know how to keep a secret.

Congratulations to the October drawing winners! They are: Cristina Shirley in VA, Hanno Oldenburg in OR, Darla Zimmer in NY, Terri Nesrsta in TX, Jane Nieberg in NY and Marlene Thurman in CO.

   
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The Last Spymaster paperback

If you love adventure, you'll love this great story. Afer all, Library Journal named it one of the top five thrillers of the year.

"Today's finest espionage writer unleashes an instant classic."
Lee Child
"This classic espionage thrilller... strikes a perfect balance between the private lives of the characters and the blood and betrayal of their professional adventures... vivid." Publishers Weekly

Listen to an excerpt of THE LAST SPYMASTER audiobook

Congratulations, Gayle! THE LAST SPYMASTER wins honors & awards

"Novel of the Year," Military Writers Society of America

"2006 American Author Medal" — American Authors Association

Chicago Tribune — One of the best crime novels of the year
Just when you thought that the classic CIA-centered Cold War espionage thriller (of the sort practiced at the highest level by Charles McCarry and Robert Littell) had been displaced by the current crop of spy books set in Iraq and Afghanistan, along comes the superbly gifted Gayle Lynds to prove you wrong.

Library Journal— one of the 5 best thrillers of the year
Lynds, the reigning queen of espionage fiction, resuscitates the Cold War spy novel with this thrilling tale about the hunt for an escaped agent convicted of treason.

January Magazine — best of 2006 crime fiction
Lynds is very good at her job: her narrative skills and her character creation engine are as high-octane as they come.

BookBitch.com — favorite thrillers of 2006
International spy thrillers are a rare breed ever since the end of the Cold War (if it really ended...) and ones with characters are rich as these, a storyline as plausible yet frightening as this, are even more rare.

Take your own photo tour of THE LAST SPYMASTER

Part of the thrill in a thriller is reading where all of this dangerous business of espionage takes place.  On this page, you can take an exciting visual trip through THE LAST SPYMASTER.  Bon voyage!


Your Own Autographed Bookmarks — Free

We saved some of these great bookmarks to give to those of you who infiltrate GayleLynds.com regularly. You can have up to 5 for The Last Spymaster, and up to 5 for The Coil. We're running out of Coil bookmarks, so place your order now:

1. A stamped, self-addressed envelope

2. Instructions for each bookmark, detailing to whom you want it autographed, or simply for Gayle to sign her name

3. Double check that you have enough stamps on your return envelope.bookmarks

4. Mail to:

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Help Headshear Climb the Soundclick Charts

In THE LAST SPYMASTER, you'll find a mention of the latest tune from the new group Headshear. Their music is a fresh, cutting-edge amalgam of rock and jazz and classical. And here's a secret — Headshear is the band of Gayle's step-daughter, Deirdre Lynds. Deirdre is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her major? Composition. Another secret: Gayle listens to their music while working. She loves it. And you can listen, too. Just click here. Or help Headshear climb the charts by going to www.soundclick.com, where you can download songs and vote for your favorites.

 
Ever Wonder About the Artist Behind Our Website?

Artist/designer Greg Stephens is the creative graphic force whose innovative ideas have given GayleLynds.com a rich visual personality reflective of her books. (more)

 
THE COIL THE COIL in Paperback
Named one of the Best Thrillers of 2004 by
Readers Read.com, Deadly Pleasures magazine
and The Mystery Bookstore Los Angeles.
"Spellbinding" — Chicago Sun-Times
"Lynds knows how to propel her people into action" — New York Times
"She has joined the deified ranks of spy thriller authors like Robert Ludlum and John LeCarre." — BookPage
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"Notable Title"

Read the opening chapters More on THE COIL
 
You can get the scoop about brand-new thrillers first!

If you love thrillers, you'll love The ITW Thriller Readers' Newsletter.  This monthly sneak peek relates the latest hot titles not only from major thriller authors but from new writers, some of whom will be tomorrow's stars.  Sponsored by International Thriller Writers, Inc.(ITW), it's a feast of reading possibilities as well as chock full of news from the thriller world.  By the way, ITW was cofounded by Gayle and David Morrell; both are copresidents.

 
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