"Thriller" in the subtitle here refers to any species of fiction revolving around spies. The heart of this volume is a 5,807-entry annotated bibliography arranged by author (compared with 3,435 entries in the second edition, published in 1983). Most of the titles were published since 1940. With the exception of a key work listed at the beginning of some authors' entries along with biographical notes, annotations are descriptive of plot but are not evaluative. Symbols following many annotations indicate if a title exists exclusively in paperback, portrays no graphic sexuality, is suitable for young adults, features humor, or uses a historical plot, setting, or characters. The lack of running heads for authors' names sometimes makes it difficult to ascertain where a particular entry begins
Front matter includes a brief historical introduction and bibliography (new to this edition) of books, intelligence journals and fanzines, and reference works on espionage. Back matter comprises five appendixes and author and title indexes. Appendixes contain notes on the craft by espionage writers, and guides to pseudonyms, characters in series, intelligence and terrorist organizations, and espionage jargon. The craft notes and guide to jargon are new to this edition
The wealth of new material in this edition of "Cloak and Dagger Fiction" justifies its purchase by public and academic libraries, even if they already have an earlier one.
A new edition of the authoritative bibliography of the modern spy- adventure-intrigue novel. After a discussion of early spy fiction, Smith and White provide a detailed listing of novels from 1940 onward. The bibliography is organized alphabetically, with entries providing brief content annotations. There are five appendices: craft notes; guide to pseudonyms; guide to characters in series; guide to intelligence and terrorist organizations; and guide to the jargon of espionage. Cross-referenced, with author and title indexes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)