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ISBN: 0440101190
Author: Robert Littell
Language: English
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Robert Littell was born, raised, and educated in New York.

Ships from and sold by sandyman33. Robert Littell was born, raised, and educated in New York. Connoisseurs of the spy novel have elevated Robert Littell to the genre's highest ranks, and Tom Clancy wrote that if Robert Littell didn’t invent the spy novel, he should have. He is the author of fifteen novels, including the New York Times bestseller The Company and Legends, the 2005 . Times Book Award for Best Thriller/Mystery.

Before Robert Littell vaulted onto the bestseller lists with The Company, The Amateur, which has been long out of print, established him as a contemporary master of the espionage thriller. In this sleek and murderous novel, Charlie Heller is an ace cryptographer for the CIA, a quiet man in a quiet back-office job. But A spy thriller classic from the author of The Company.

For his fourteenth novel, Robert Littell creates an engrossing, multigenerational, wickedly nostalgic yet utterly candid saga, bringing to life through a host of l and imagined-the over 40 years of the CIA-"the Company" to insiders

For his fourteenth novel, Robert Littell creates an engrossing, multigenerational, wickedly nostalgic yet utterly candid saga, bringing to life through a host of l and imagined-the over 40 years of the CIA-"the Company" to insiders. At the heart of the novel is a stunningly conceived mole hunt involving such rivals and allies as the MI6, KGB, and Mossad.

Robert Littell (born January 8, 1935) is an American novelist and former journalist who resides in France. He specializes in spy novels that often concern the CIA and the Soviet Union. Littell was born in Brooklyn, New York, to a Jewish family, of Russian Jewish origin. He is a 1956 graduate of Alfred University in western New York. He spent four years in the . Navy and served at times as his ship's navigator, antisubmarine warfare officer, communications officer, and deck watch officer.

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.

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He's also an amateur mountain climber and is the father of award-winning novelist Jonathan Littell.

Robert Littell has written 15 novels and has been elevated to the highest ranks by connoisseurs of the literary spy novel. His novels include the bestselling The Company (978-03303-7289-3) and Los Angeles Times Book Award winner, Legends (978-07156-3539-1). A former Newsweek journalist, Littell is an American living in France. Country of Publication.


I have been on a Robert Littell reading binge lately and have become quite a fan. He ranks right up there with John le Carre, Ken Follett and Len Deighton when it comes to well written, original, intelligent espionage thrillers. I also enjoy Littell's use of irony and his dry sense of humor.
Charlie Heller is a quiet, unassuming man with a quiet, unassuming job in a back office of a large corporation. He is a crack cryptographer for the CIA - The Company. Since his boyhood he has been fascinated with untangling codes and he considers himself fortunate that he is able to pay the rent by doing a job that he so enjoys. As an added attraction, he gets to use the CIA's super-sophisticated computer, with which he pursues his hobby. Heller is a Shakespeare "denialist" and searches all of the great bard's works trying to find a cryptogram which will reveal their true author. So, with a well paid job, an unusual and most interesting hobby, and the love of a wonderful woman, his beloved fiancee Sarah Diamond, Charlie Heller is a happy man.
Unfortunately, Sarah is brutally murdered by terrorists in a surprise attack at the American Embassy in West Germany. (The novel is set in the 1970s). Charlie, informed of the news by his sympathetic superiors, is bereft. His feelings of loss and subsequent depression are clearly portrayed by Littell, as is the terrible bitterness he feels when he learns that The Company will not pursue the terrorists who committed the crime, even though their identity and location is known. They are behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia. Heller becomes driven by a need for revenge, which his Company psychiatrist notes is "very therapeutic." With his back against the wall, Heller manages to manipulate the masters of manipulation and move toward his goal of assassinating the terrorists responsible for Sarah's death. He is an amateur - "someone who thinks that if something is worth doing, it may be worth doing badly" - working against some of the best people in the field of espionage and assassination. And they all want to take Heller out with extreme prejudice.
This book is a real page turner. I could not put it down. Heller is an extremely well developed character and his motivation and talents are well thought-out and make perfect sense in the storyline. The minor characters are also terrific. His Czech contact is a brilliant addition to the plot and her constant malaprops bring much needed comic relief to many taut, tense situations. If you enjoy this book, you may want to check-out Robert Littell's "The Company." It is another excellent novel. Happy reading.
This is an extremely interesting spy thriller set the the late period of the bad old days of the Cold War. The theme is unusual -- a CIA cryptologist, through events that I will not explain here, is sent across the Czech border for reasons involving revenge. Before all is said and done, the good guys are also bad guys and vice-versa, and any possible moral message that this novel might have contained is long gone.

Fortunately, the novel is extremely well-written, and every time the reader thinks that he or she knows what is coming, author Littel throws another curve. But because this story is well-told, the reader never becomes confused as so often happens in complicated stories. Additionally, the protagonist is an appealing character who engages the reader.

This is an interesting story and a fast read that those who like spy thrillers will enjoy. The film, by the way, tracks the novel closely and is even better than the novel.
This book is on my top-ten list of best thrillers/spy novels. It's just a good solid story that holds your interest, with a great main character.
I've read it twice.
A good read with characters that seem real and a bit of a twist at the end. The book starts pretty simply and is pretty predictable at the start. But then when you get past the training it picks up the pace, has adventure and romance and surprises. And it all hangs together well and moves quickly until it is over and done with all the loose ends wrapped up.
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More or less typical Robert Littell - but with a twist. Fun read.
Glad I could find this
This is an earlier work of Robert Littell. The main character is very interesting - the plot is good and the story makes for a good read

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