The Once and Future Spy

The Once and Future Spy

by Robert Littell
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The Once and Future Spy by Robert Littell

Extraordinarily inventive, breathtakingly imaginative, and relentlessly gripping, The Once and Future Spy is easy to read, and hard to put down.

By national best-selling author, Robert Littell, whose most recent novel The Company received rave reviews across the nation, The Once and Future Spy is finally back in print. This is Littell at the top of his form, constructing a tale of espionage and counterespionage revealing the dirty tricks and dangerous secrets about the subjects he knows intimately the CIA and American history, past and present. Littell proves beyond all doubt that he is a storyteller of inimitable caliber. As Stephen Coonts put it, “Eric Ambler invented the modern spy novel. Robert Littell perfected it. The Once and Future Spy is a classic spy story.” At the center of Littell’s plot is an elite plan, so secret and so dangerous that its existence is known only to a tiny group of specialists within CIA headquarters. There is virtually no paper trail but, somehow, the plan has sprung a leak. The plotters must urgently trace it or face deadly consequences. Meanwhile, at work elsewhere on another highly sensitive project for "the Company" is an operative known as “the Weeder” a man obsessed with American history and one of its heroes. When the Weeder's and Washington's clandestine worlds collide, the present faces the past and disturbing moral choices are weighed against a shining patriotic dream. What is the truth? Whose truth should be believed?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590209042
Publisher: The Overlook Press
Publication date: 04/27/2004
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 294
Sales rank: 1,153,679
File size: 661 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Robert Littell's novels include the New York Times bestseller The Company, The October Circle, Mother Russia, The Amateur, The Once and Future Spy, An Agent in Place, The Visiting Professor, and Walking Back the Cat. A former Newsweek journalist, he is an American currently living in France.


Martel, France

Date of Birth:

January 8, 1935

Place of Birth:

Brooklyn, New York


B.A., Alfred University, 1956

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The Once and Future Spy 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Bizarre' and 'convoluted' aptly describe this spy novel. I chose to read it based on numerous commentators comparing Little to spy greats LeCarre and Deighton. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The style was fanciful as opposed to LeCarre and Deighton's overwhelming realism. The dialogue was trite, contrived and gratuitous, in stark contrast to LeCarre and Deighton's which is used solely to advance the plot. And, the storyline was set in some unrecognizable historical context or era, whereas LeCarre and Deighton's works reference real events and at least can be placed in the proper decade. Wholly disappointed. Justin
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I found the characters interesting and the book did get better as it went along, I was not, however, interested in the authors use of historical descriptors to provide an insight into the Weeder. I found the ending to be totally confusing. I reread it four or five times and still could not figure it out. Was Huxstep in the bar or on the boat? Somebody Please Explain!!
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Maybe we shoul move to a bigger result. Cause then we would have more space