Just a suggestion for the Oct 2k6 title; How about one of Donald Hamilton's Matt Helm novels?
All the spy talk in the other section got me digging through all the old stuff.
It's kind of a gear grinder after Rushdie, but you can't get much more pulpish than:
"As tough an operative as ever crushed a Russian spy's kidney with a crowbar." (Front cover, Murderers' Row)