To Paul Christopher, the world of espionage had become a region of the mad, in which men and women lived without conviction and were compelled by a craving for conspiracy. But now, he has to find the "mole" in the Outfit and demand justice from enemies, past and present. As he follows the twisting path of this secret American intelligence group, he discovers a trail of betrayal and violence that leads backward to the horrors of the Nazi era and plunges forward beyond the Vietnam War's labyrinth of lies.
©1983 Charles McCarry; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"The best spy novelists were once spies themselves, including le Carre, Greene, McCarry, and even Maugham." (The New York Times Book Review)
"McCarry is an ace spy novelist." (Publishers Weekly)
Not your typical spy thriller, this novel has richly detailed characters and an intricate, multi-generational plot. If you're looking for a quick thrill type listen, you won't find it here. But what you will find is satisfying and engrossing; one of those novels that leaves not only the lingering taste of it's story, but also the long shadow of it's depth.
If I were reading The Last Supper I wouldn't be able to put it down. Because I listened to it, I didn't hear much of what anyone said to me for the 16 hours it played. It's very, very good.
I like books that have interesting characters and easy to follow plots. For example, Cormoran Strike, is a great character for me.
This book is a bore. The first half focuses on the history of the main character and doesn't advance the story one bit. I couldn't wait to finish the book and had to resort to listening to podcasts about Nazi infiltration into our society to break up the tedium. The main character is so uninteresting that when he turns sideways, he disappears. I found the same problem with The Miernik Dossier. Also very boring and not worth the wimpy twist at the end. Some people have praised McCarry as the greatest spy novelist ever. Come on, compared to John LeCarre, his stuff is a D-. If you're Jonesing for a spy novel, read Smiley's Game.
I have! It is such a thick and nuanced story that each reading opens up new treasures.
Yes. His voice is not pleasant to me, and I had to force myself to continue listening the first time I heard him, but he is a very good reader, and I have (almost) become used to him. In fact, hearing his voice in other books stirs up the enormously good memories I made reading this book.
Yes, but the scope of it made that impossible. One has to pay attention to the plethora of detail.
This is one of my all time favorite novels. It is basically a family epic underlying a spy saga. I was attracted and engaged by the characters and the sensitivity of the characterizations and plot line. I felt lost and sad when the book ended and missed the characters. The story is unusual and exciting and thoroughly engrossing, with not a few surprises along the way. I was emotionally moved by the events of the book. WARNING: His novel Old Boys is not a worthy sequel to this wonderful book.
Twisting turning plot never know whats going to happen.
From Russia with love.
I absolutely love McCarry's novels and this one is among my favorites. I took long walks with my dog, just because I couldn't stop listening to this one. If you enjoy Eric Ambler, Graham Greene, Alan Furst, etc..., McCarry is someone you should check out.
The reader is so annoying stopped after 30 minutes. It did not matter about the story I could no longer listen to this person. He ruined the story for me would save your money or look for other reader.
He was the worst, could not listen to him
DO not buy
Multi generational CIA book, definitely influenced Littell's "The Company"
Although the Company is a better book, Mccarry deserves credit. There aren't many good writers in this genre, so you have to take what you can get. None of these guys compares to Alan Furst, LeCarre's first "Call for the Dead" was his best, still no where near Furst.
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