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Secret Lovers: A Paul Christopher Novel

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Since his reemergence with the publication of The Old Boys, Charles McCarry has been heralded as one of the few espionage writers whose books break out of the genre to shine as brilliant novels. The Secret Lovers is a McCarry tale at its finest– an exploration of the spying game, but also a riveting psychological portrait of a man ensnared by his own profession.

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Overview


Since his reemergence with the publication of The Old Boys, Charles McCarry has been heralded as one of the few espionage writers whose books break out of the genre to shine as brilliant novels. The Secret Lovers is a McCarry tale at its finest– an exploration of the spying game, but also a riveting psychological portrait of a man ensnared by his own profession.

A courier delivers a dissident Russian manuscript to Paul Christopher early one morning in West Berlin; minutes later, the courier is dead. Meanwhile in Rome, Christopher’s wife takes a lover to stir her husband out of his stoicism. These two seemingly discrete events set in motion a spiral of Cold War intrigue, both personal and political, that leads Christopher from Europe to the Congo. In this relentlessly suspenseful novel, McCarry, who "surpasses Len Deighton and John le Carre" (Washington Post), builds his multilayered story to a outstandingly satisfying end.

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Editorial Reviews

-Los Angeles Times

"The sheer ambition of McCarry’s spy novels catapults him into the company of John Le Carre, Eric Ambler, Graham Greene, and Alan Furst, but his stylish voice and historic scope make him unique."
Los Angeles Times
The sheer ambition of McCarry’s spy novels catapults him into the company of John Le Carre, Eric Ambler, Graham Greene, and Alan Furst, but his stylish voice and historic scope make him unique.
-Los Angeles Times
"The sheer ambition of McCarry’s spy novels catapults him into the company of John Le Carre, Eric Ambler, Graham Greene, and Alan Furst, but his stylish voice and historic scope make him unique."
Publishers Weekly
Charles McCarry fans will welcome the reissue of his 1977 Cold War novel, The Secret Lovers. His heroic American spy, Paul Christopher, gets hold of a Russian dissident's novel that could help topple the Soviet regime. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
More Cold War spy games from McCarry. In this 1977 outing, Paul Christopher secretly arranges the publication of a novel that will devastate the Soviet Union. Meanwhile, his wife's affair with a film director becomes connected with Paul's clandestine work and those trying to stop him. A good cat-and-mouse game, with a little sex and murder thrown in for fun. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781468301083
  • Publisher: Overlook TP
  • Publication date: 11/6/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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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