By Jennifer Reese
Updated November 30, 2007 at 05:00 AM EST

In the ’88 thriller Watchman, published here for the first time, British spy Miles Flint gets into trouble with the scoundrels detonating bombs around London and the even worse scoundrels he works with. Then there’s his restless wife.

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