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REINVENTING THE SPY NOVEL

The ’80s-set American Spy—about an FBI agent tasked with bringing down an African president—brilliantly updates the espionage thriller. Lauren Wilkinson reveals the artistic works that inspired her to create something utterly new.

1 JOHN LE CARRÉ

Lauren Wilkinson found Le Carré’s novel The Spy Who Came in From the Cold—particularly its plot, in which Liz romances lowlife Leamas—crucial in developing her spy, Marie. “I was invested in [Marie’s] emotional life because of the questions that I was left with [from Cold],” she explains. “In

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