55 episodes

Welcome to Thrill is Gone: A podcast about thrillers. Listeners will find episodes about John LeCarre, Patricia Highsmith, Lauren Wilkinson and some others maybe they haven't heard of. This is the podcast for readers who like a little thrill between the pages.

Thrill is Gone Podcast Keenan Duffey

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.2, 5 Ratings

Welcome to Thrill is Gone: A podcast about thrillers. Listeners will find episodes about John LeCarre, Patricia Highsmith, Lauren Wilkinson and some others maybe they haven't heard of. This is the podcast for readers who like a little thrill between the pages.

    The Secret Pilgrim

    The Secret Pilgrim

    In this episode, I take a little time to talk about the protests against police brutality and systemic racism. Then I discuss what books, and thrillers in particular, have to do with what we expect of the police, the military, and our leaders. And finally, I get into The Secret Pilgrim, where LeCarre says goodbye to the Cold War, to old Ned, and to sweet Bella who was always going to betray him. Give it a listen and try not to blow the Estonian network. It's the least you could do.

    • 58 min
    Agent in Place by Helen MacInnes

    Agent in Place by Helen MacInnes

    Tune in for this wide ranging episode. I start off by exploring the potent power of cold brew coffee. Then I head North by Northwest to Hitchcockland where we wind up in Roosevelt's nostril. And finally we meet the Queen of the Spy Thriller, Helen MacInnes, who has a NATO-centric thriller that takes us to a forgotten corner of the French Riviera. Cannes you give it a listen? Yes, yes you Cannes. It's Menton.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Russia Hosue

    The Russia Hosue

    Episode 53 has arrived. I talk about Marlon Brando in The Ugly American, where the stunts were real and so were the leg injuries. The crowds didn't like it and I'm not sure I did either, but there's plenty to say about it. Then I move on to the subject at hand: The Russia House. A publisher gets in over his head in a perestroikin' Soviet Union. It was a role so perfect, they had to give it to Sean Connery, who used it to coin his most famous line: "Pages Galore." Let yourself think freely like a Moscovite in the late-1980s and give it a listen.

    • 59 min
    Mitla Pass

    Mitla Pass

    In this episode, I talk about Blu Rays. What are they for? Why are they blue? Then I talk about the Tailor of Panama, a film in which Geoffrey Rush is nervous, Jamie Lee Curtis is confused, and Pierce Brosnan is mean. My big takeaway is that this was Daniel Radcliffe's major breakthrough! Finally, we talk about the prolific Leon Uris, who penned himself a sweeping, panoramic portrait of struggling writer Gideon Zadok in Mitla Pass. Jump out of an old Dakota over the Sinai and have a listen.

    • 53 min
    A Perfect Spy

    A Perfect Spy

    In this episode, I talk about a very long movie called Out of Africa that won Best Picture in 1985. It stars Robert Redford as some cool guy with a plane and Meryl Streep as a Danish lady who has a lot of cash and not enough coffee. Then I shift gears and talk about A Perfect Spy, which in the opinion of this fan is LeCarre's absolute best. Like seeing the Grateful Dead at the Pyramids back in '78, it's not for the faint of heart. Give it a listen and see if you have what it takes.

    • 57 min
    Paul Hogarth and Graham Greene Country

    Paul Hogarth and Graham Greene Country

    In this episode, I have a long chat about why I miss the dear old library. Then I dig into the life and work of the great Paul Hogarth, best known for illustrating the covers for an 80's Penguin reissue of Graham Greene's work. He did quite a lot, including driving a lorries around Spain when things were going bad. I even try my hand at drawing in the style of the great Paul Hogarth, with mixed results.

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

ced2190 ,

For folks who love spy novels and thrillers!

If you enjoy reading books by authors such as John Le Carré or Graham Greene, then this podcast is perfect for you! I appreciate Keenan’s take on old and new thrillers. His discussion of books, tv series, and movies makes this podcast perfect for anyone looking for a community of spy novel enthusiasts.

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