In fact and in fiction, Switzerland found itself a to be a base for espionage for both the Allies and the Axis powers during World War II.
Switzerland, with its great personal wealth, its history of bank secrecy and its longstanding neutrality is the perfect setting for the selection of espionage novels below.
Scorpion Deception by Andrew Kaplan. The American embassy in Bern is attacked and a list of undercover CIA operatives in Europe is stolen, compromising a potential war between USA and Iran.
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service by Ian Fleming. Following Thunderball, James Bond locates Ernest Stavro Blofeld in the Swiss Alps where is in brainwashing young Brits to carry biological weapons into England. Bond attacks Blofeld’s Swiss base and Blofeld escapes via bobsled to wreak more havoc.
Twice a Spy by Keith Thomson. A follow-up to Once a Spy in which Charlie Drummond learns that his father, now an Alzheimer’s patient, was a CIA operative. Charlie and his girlfriend run to Switzerland to get away from her employer, the NSA, and embark upon a twisted and witty adventure.
The Swiss Courier by Tricia Goyer. It is World War II and Gabi Mueller is working for the American Office of Strategic Services (CIA) in Switzerland and she is discovered to have sensitive enough hearing to make her an excellent safe cracker. Mueller gets caught up in events that occur following the failed plot to assassinate Hitler.
Rules of Deception by Christoper Reich. Jonathan Ransom, a surgeon for Doctors Without Borders, was hiking in the Swiss Alps where is wife is killed during a storm. After her death he learns that she had lived a secret life involving spies, weapons and terrorism and he is unwittingly drawn into this world.
The English Assassin by Daniel Silva. Art restorer and hit man Gabriel Allon goes to Zurich and finds his employer murdered in from of his Raphael. Allon is accused of the murder and, when exonerated, goes about finding out who framed him, entering into the shadowy world of Swiss Bankers who had helped Nazi art collectors.