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Books and spies,
This review is from: The Double Game (Hardcover)
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This is an excellent and well-written book that combines Cold War spy techniques with spy novels. A retired American diplomat living in Vienna, who has an extensive collection of spy novels by authors both famous and little known, has a son who is dragooned into a search for the answer to a question about the loyalty of a former CIA agent who is now a famous thriller writer. Clues appear and lead him to many cities in Europe, where he lived with his father when he was young, and to many bookstores which seem to be closely related to his search.
Strange things happen, for example a woman he knew many years ago suddenly appears and offers to help him. Can he trust her, and is it possible that his own father is somehow involved in the whole matter? Doubts and questions constantly arise, as do quotes from spy novels both real and fictional. There is danger and a few deaths occur, which only leads the hero into more introspection and wondering about the usefulness of his possibly quixotic search for answers.
Once the answers are found, they are not what he expected, and he is given a final task to perform before the entire matter is concluded. The plot can be a bit convoluted at times, but it just reflects the inner quandary of the hero. It's refreshing to read a good old fashioned spy book, as a contrast to today's action thrillers, which I confess I also like very much.