Or Mick Herron as a full time "joe" in Le Carre land
Or, check your local public library and borrow the book!
Totally agree Wesley. The books are an excellent read and nothing formulaic about them. Jackson Lamb is one of the most original characters I've encountered in fiction. Rabelasian is a good adjective.
Nice but what about Ben McIntyre?
And you could, since I’m struggling with the self-promotion interface on Substack, take a look at my bumbling beginner-ish take on a conflicted intelligence agent here: The Data-Raiders, on Amazon.ca--for less than the cost of a latte!