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Publisher's Summary

Charles McCarry has been called the best American espionage writer who ever lived. Now, with the re-release of his classic Paul Christopher series, comes The Last Supper, a tour-de-force that traces the evolution of the OSS and the CIA from the aftermath of World War I through World War II, Vietnam, and the Cold War.

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.

Critic Reviews

"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)

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Cayce
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 08-24-06

Rich and intricate

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.

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

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absolutely outstanding

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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Paul
  • Portland, OR
  • 08-07-10

Boring, boring, boring

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Beautiful, sensitive, epic novel

Would you listen to The Last Supper again? Why?

I have! It is such a thick and nuanced story that each reading opens up new treasures.

Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but the scope of it made that impossible. One has to pay attention to the plethora of detail.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • jacob
  • United States
  • 02-19-13

AMAZING

Would you listen to The Last Supper again? Why?

DEFINITELY.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Twisting turning plot never know whats going to happen.

What does Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

sexy voice.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

From Russia with love.

Any additional comments?

great

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Love, love, love it!

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.

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Just got into this series

Excellent stuff. I'm Interested if anyone has a recommended reading order for other the novels after Last Supper.

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McCarry is a favorite

McCarry has the experience to write this high quality spy fiction. He is far superior to other writers in his genre.

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Horrible save your money

What disappointed you about The Last Supper?

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.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He was the worst, could not listen to him

Any additional comments?

DO not buy

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  • Gavin
  • Bayside, NY, United States
  • 12-27-08

Written before "The Company"

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.