The Secret Lovers (Paul Christopher Series #3)

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A nervous courier delivers the handwritten manuscript of a dissident Russian novel to Paul Christopher early one morning in West Berlin. Minutes after the handoff, the courier’s spine is neatly snapped by an impact with a passing black sedan. Meanwhile in Rome, Christopher's wife Cathy takes a famous film director as a lover to stir her husband out of the stoicism that defines his personality.

These two seemingly discrete events set in motion a spiral of operational and personal...

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Secret Lovers: A Paul Christopher Novel

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A nervous courier delivers the handwritten manuscript of a dissident Russian novel to Paul Christopher early one morning in West Berlin. Minutes after the handoff, the courier’s spine is neatly snapped by an impact with a passing black sedan. Meanwhile in Rome, Christopher's wife Cathy takes a famous film director as a lover to stir her husband out of the stoicism that defines his personality.

These two seemingly discrete events set in motion a spiral of operational and personal intrigue that leads Christopher from meetings with an aging agent in the cafes of old Europe to a rendezvous with an operative on the front lines of the Cold War in the Congo as he secretly arranges the publication of a novel that could bring the Soviet system to its knees and races to identify the leak that compromised the messenger—and possibly his entire mission.

The Secret Lovers is McCarry at his best—an exploration of the epic scope of "the great game," but also a riveting psychological portrait of a man ensnared by a profession that never failed to exert its insidious influence outside the professional boundaries that, like the facade of diplomacy that outwardly held the Cold War in check, could never contain its violence essence.

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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: 9781585678549
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/23/2006
  • Series: Paul Christopher Series , #3
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles McCarry "remains the greatest espionage writer that America has produced," wrote Otto Penzler in the New York Sun. He established an international reputation with the publication of the worldwide bestseller The Tears of Autumn in 1975 and is the author of nine other novels.

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