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Charlie Rubin[Last Call] has a soul. And its elaborate canvas almost requires you to savor the overall achievements of the Oakes series, which, at its best, evokes John O'Hara in its precise sense of place amid simmering class hierarchies. For Buckley that means depicting a specialized elite and battle-ready corporate class: the international C.I.A. community of the 1950's to the 80's, with its disorders, fragile commitments, secret victories, self-righteousness and, occasionally, honor.
— The New York Times