William Garner (novelist)
Life and work
His early novels feature British spy Michael Jagger, a high-living, self-hating, risk-loving ex-agent (in disgrace).
Marghanita Laski writing in The Listener, called Garner "Our cleverest thriller writer". The Observer believed Garner was "A novelist of stature who leaves his own distinctive imprint on the le Carré scene." The Crime Writers' Association short-listed Rat's Alley for their Gold Dagger award.
When asked to describe himself, Garner replied "Strongly motivated. Views on almost everything that matters. Views on what matters might differ from those of many."
He is also the author of the article "Spies and sex make a puzzling mix", first published in The Observer in 1987.
Michael Jagger novels
- Overkill (1966)
- The Deep, Deep Freeze (1968)
- The Us or Them War (1969)
- A Big Enough Wreath (1974)
John Morpurgo trilogy
- Think Big, Think Dirty (1983)
- Rats' Alley (1984)
- Zones of Silence (1986)
- The Puppet-Masters (1969) published in the U.S. as "The Manipulators"
- The Andra Fiasco (1971) published in the U.S. as "Strip Jack Naked"
- Ditto, Brother Rat (1972)
- The Mobius Trip (1978)
- Paper Chase (1988)
- Sleeping Dogs (1990)
- Garner, Leslie. Life Lessons: Things I Wish I'd Known Earlier. Hay House, 2009.
- Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2001.
- Review of Rats' Alley, quoted on 1985 Methuen paperback edition.
- Review of Paper Chase, quoted on 1987 Methuen paperback edition.
- Sobin, Roger. The Essential Mystery Lists: For Readers, Collectors, and Librarians. Poisoned Pen Press: 2007.
- The Cold War File. By Andy East. Published by Scarecrow Press, 1983. pp. 122–127.
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