One novel on the list:
Casino Royale by Ian FlemingRead about another flogging on Mullan's list.
The villainous, sadistic Le Chiffre is bent on nastiness to James Bond not only because he is a British agent but also because he has beaten him at baccarat. His men capture Bond and take him to his villa, where he tortures him with a cane carpet beater. Fleming is clinically precise about the effects.
Casino Royale also made Meg Rosoff's top 10 adult books for teenagers list and Peter Millar's critic's chart of top spy books.