The Sisters: A Novel of Betrayal

The Sisters: A Novel of Betrayal

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by Robert Littell, Scott Brick
     
 

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Enigmatic and extremely dangerous, CIA legends Francis and Caroll have been dubbed "The Sisters Death and Night" by their cohorts. But few know what these operatives do. They plot - and they have come up with the perfect crime. They've located the ideal pawn - known as the Potter, he is the exiled ex-head of the KGB sleeper school - and with artful deception the… See more details below

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Enigmatic and extremely dangerous, CIA legends Francis and Caroll have been dubbed "The Sisters Death and Night" by their cohorts. But few know what these operatives do. They plot - and they have come up with the perfect crime. They've located the ideal pawn - known as the Potter, he is the exiled ex-head of the KGB sleeper school - and with artful deception the Sisters coerce him into betraying his last and best sleeper, the man he considers his son. Once awakened, this sleeper, an assassin living secretly in the United States, will launch a mission of death - unless the Potter, in a desperate race against time, can stop his protege from committing the Sisters' exquisitely planned, world-shattering crime.

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Publishers Weekly
On the heels of Littell's 2002 bestseller The Company comes this reissue of a gripping spy thriller originally published in 1986. It is the height of the Cold War, not long after the Cuban missile crisis. Francis and Carroll, dubbed "the sisters Death and Night" by their associates, are two odd yet powerful veteran CIA operatives with vague responsibilities ("If you mentioned the Sisters in an interoffice memo, almost everyone tucked away in the Company's cradle-to-grave complex knew who you were talking about. But only a handful with `eyes-only' authorizations in their dossiers had an inkling of what they actually did for a living"). In one of their clandestine brainstorming sessions, the Sisters devise a plot to commit what they consider to be "the perfect crime," although the motives for this crime are largely unclear. They set their plot in motion by deftly manipulating the "Potter," the former head of the Russian KGB's espionage school, into revealing the identity of his most talented student, the "Sleeper," a spy still hiding in the United States awaiting KGB orders. Armed with his identity, the Sisters covertly send the Sleeper on a treacherous and near impossible assignment in the U.S. The Potter, wishing to atone for his betrayal, escapes from the Sisters' clutches and embarks on a cross-continent trek to save his protege from committing a crime that could change the future of the world. On his journey, the Potter is joined by Kaat, a mortuary hair stylist and the Sleeper's ex-lover. The unlikely pair blindly race across the country after the Sleeper, while desperately trying to evade those who would kill them to protect his mission. Littell brilliantly weaves quirky characters and puzzle-piece vignettes into an intricate, bizarre and highly entertaining tale. (June) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
The Company author Littell is hot. That top-seller is due in paperback from Penguin very soon, and Overlook is reprinting his older volumes. The publisher is following up The Once and Future Spy (Classic Returns, LJ 1/03) with this 1986 espionage story of two supersecret CIA operatives known as the sisters Death and Night, who are using a former KGB member to commit a crime that would affect the entire world. The numerous fans of The Company will love this, too. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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ISBN-13:
9781590074138
Publisher:
New Millennium Entertainment
Publication date:
05/28/2003
Edition description:
Unabridged, 8 Cassettes, 10 Hours
Product dimensions:
4.12(w) x 6.18(h) x 2.74(d)

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"The American Le Carre." --The New York Times

"As good as thriller writing gets." --The Washington Post.

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