The Secret Lovers: A Paul Christopher Novel

The Secret Lovers: A Paul Christopher Novel

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by Charles McCarry
     
 

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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

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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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Editorial Reviews

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.
–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."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781468300383
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
11/23/2006
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
358,913
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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