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Old Boys (Paul Christopher Series #6)by Charles McCarry, Stefan Rudnicki
Charles McCarry is considered by many to be the master of American spy fiction, brilliantly staking his claim with such international bestsellers as The Tears of Autumn and The Miernik Dossier. A spy writer's spy writer, he has been lauded extravagantly by the critics and his peers. George V. Higgins wrote "Charles McCarry is the/em>/em>… See more details below
Charles McCarry is considered by many to be the master of American spy fiction, brilliantly staking his claim with such international bestsellers as The Tears of Autumn and The Miernik Dossier. A spy writer's spy writer, he has been lauded extravagantly by the critics and his peers. George V. Higgins wrote "Charles McCarry is the Lord's best combination of spellbinding storyteller and silken prose writer." "Intelligent and enthralling," said Eric Ambler, and Jeffrey Archer praised writing that "makes one put the book down and gasp."
In his magnificent new novel, with rights sold in six countries before publication, McCarry returns to the world of his legendary character, Paul Christopher, the crack intelligence agent who is as skilled at choosing a fine wine as he is at tradecraft, at once elegant and dangerous, sophisticated and rough-and-ready. As the novel begins, Paul Christopher, now an aging but remarkably fit 70ish, is dining at home with his cousin Horace, also an ex-agent. Dinner is delicious and uneventful. A day later, Paul has vanished. The months pass, Paulís ashes are delivered by a Chinese official to the American consulate in Beijing and a memorial service is held in Washington. But Horace is not convinced that Paul is dead and, enlisting the support of four other retired colleaguesóa sort of all-star backfield of the old OutfitóHorace gets the "Old Boys" back in the game to find Paul Christopher.
They start with a photo found in Paulís study: a womanís hand holding a centuriesí old scroll, once in the possession of the Nazis and now sought by the U.S. government and Muslim extremists alike. Harassed by American intelligence, hunted by terrorists, Horace Christopher and the Old Boys travel the globe, from Xinjiang to Brazil, from Rome to Tel Aviv, Budapest to Moscow, in search of Paul and the unspeakably dangerous truth.
Charles McCarry established an international reputation as a novelist with the publication of his worldwide bestseller, The Tears of Autumn. He is the author of nine other critically acclaimed novels. During the Cold War, he was an intelligence oficer operating under deep cover in Europe, Africa and Asia.
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What People are saying about this
"Old Boys is like the best parts of 10 John le Carré novels all put together." —Time
"McCarry is a spy novelist of uncommon gifts . . . by turns mischievous and elegiac." —The Washington Post
"McCarry’s novels are the best of our time." —The Wall Street Journal
Meet the Author
Charles McCarry is the author, most recently, of Christopher’s Ghosts, and has written ten acclaimed novels featuring Paul Christopher and his family (all available from Overlook). During the Cold War, he was an intelligence officer operating under deep cover in Europe, Africa, and Asia.
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