W & I were in grad school when we got married. I couldn't do much reading in my field because I needed to take language courses, while she was studying for comps during our first year together. That meant late nights studying for her and lots of free time for me.
So I read lots of novels, especially murder mysteries and tales of international intrigue. One of my favorite authors was Eric Ambler.
I picked up one of the paperbacks the other day, and he seems like a better writer today than he seemed 45 years ago - and the novels were published in the late '30s.
If you like stories of intrigue, I urge you strongly to go to your local library and demand any Eric Ambler novel your system has.
If you're a chick snooping around, you might like Helen MacInnes, but Ambler is a lot more realistic....