We here at Dear Author lament the number of historicals featuring spies. Surely not every titled gentleman and some not titled were spies in historical England. Given the number of spies that formed the first centralized intelligence effort by the U.S., though, we could be totally wrong. Thursday saw the release of thousands of documents which names over 24,000 international spies coordinated by the Office of Strategic Services. Possibly the most surprising name is that of Julia Child.
In some books, spies are revered and some are despised (possibly because if you can lie well enough for your country who else can you deceive?). Next time I come across a spy romance novel, I won’t be so hasty to dismiss the storyline.