Tears of Autumn: A Paul Christopher Novel [NOOK Book]


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Tears of Autumn: A Paul Christopher Novel

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Editorial Reviews

Patrick Anderson
approached this handsome new edition of Charles McCarry's masterpiece, The Tears of Autumn, with trepidation. The novel was first published in 1974, and it has been more than 20 years since I last read it. I had only a hazy memory that (1) it was beautifully written, (2) it offered a plausible theory of the Kennedy assassination and (3) it was a classic. My concern was that, given a new reading, the novel might not hold up, but my fear was groundless. The Tears of Autumn is beautifully written, its conspiracy theory still intrigues and it most assuredly is a classic..
— The Washington Post
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Tears is the first in a new series of McCarry reprints from Overlook. Released in 1975, this political thriller reveals a government agent's crusade to discover the truth behind the JFK assassination. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590203828
  • Publisher: Overlook
  • Publication date: 6/26/2007
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 171,002
  • File size: 683 KB

Meet the Author

Charles McCarry served under deep cover as a CIA operations officer in Europe, Asia, and Africa. He is the author of nine critically acclaimed novels, as well as numerous works of non-fiction incuding Citizen Nader. He currently splits his time between Florida and the Berkshires.

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  • Posted September 19, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    McCarry ¿ like John LeCarre and Daniel Silva ¿ is known as one o

    McCarry – like John LeCarre and Daniel Silva – is known as one of those authors who “gets it right” with his spy yarns. The Tears of Autumn is his second novel and the second to feature his series character Paul Christopher, a CIA agent active during the 1950s and 1960s. In this installment, Christopher decides to solve the JFK assassination. Nothing like swinging for the fences, eh?

    Even though Christopher flirts with super-agenthood – speaking multiple languages, near-photographic memory, dangerously handsome, culturally sensitive, etc. – he’s not a one-man killing machine like his counterparts in spy thrillers (which this isn’t). He doesn’t carry a gun, hardly kills anyone at all, and talks (or buys) his way into and out of trouble rather than blowing up things. This is spy work closer to how spies really work. The old-school (pre-9/11) received spy wisdom was if you kill someone, you’ve blown your cover and you’re done.

    McCarry’s depiction of Christopher’s stops in this 1963-64 travelogue (D.C., Saigon, Paris, Rome, Zermatt) are atmospheric and evocative without slowing things down; his settings remind me of Alan Furst’s, lightly drawn but presenting enough detail to feel authentic. Similarly, Christopher’s spycraft is described with confidence without descending into textbookism. Since McCarry was a CIA case officer for several years, we have some assurance that what his characters do is as real as he could get past the CIA’s censors.

    The downside? This novel is emotionally chilly; even when Christopher is supposed to be contemplating his internal demons or an unexpected chance at love, it feels as if he’s doing it because he thinks he’s supposed to rather than because he’s compelled to do it. It’s also fairly short and travels in a straight line. Christopher formulates a theory about the JFK assassination (which he doesn’t share with us) at the beginning and follows it without many twists or turns straight through to being proven right. This isn’t a thriller (Our Hero isn’t often in imminent mortal danger) nor is it a mystery; it’s a spy procedural, an exercise in watching a skilled operative do his thing, step-by-step, in a turbulent time. It’s fascinating, but it’s neither moving nor exciting.

    The Tears of Autumn is almost British in its reserve, LeCarre with an American protagonist. If you want explosions and global conspiracies, there are plenty of other authors to turn to. If you want to see an ideal real-world covert agent do his job at the height of the Cold War and want to go places other than London and Berlin, McCarry’s your man.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2014

    ㆈ Merrydream

    Padded in. Hi! (Merrydream)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2014


    Pads in hey guys!! Im so happy a cat fro sunclan came back!! (Theres a sunclan at the secret garden res one and icestatic was there but she disapeared and yeah.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2014

    To below

    do you remember a cat named TigerJay?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2014

    WolfHeart & Fallen & Others

    WolfHeart- Um.....I think I was about to..... <p> Fallen- Of course! <p> Oh! You forgot LavanderSpark!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2014

    AutumnStar & Co.

    Jungle- We had kits, didn't we? Or maybe not. I can't remember!<p>
    Winter- That's okay. I also remember you coming back. And us getting back together.<p>
    Autumn- I RPed so many others too! I can't remember, but luckily I wrote down a list of the cats I RPed, so I didn't forget. You did RP a lot of cats!! XD

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    Posted July 9, 2013

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