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This entertaining book can best be described as a spy caper within a spy caper, set more than twenty years after the supposed end of the Cold War. Bill Cage, the protagonist, who narrates first person, is a diplomat's son who grew up all over the place, but apparently mostly in Eastern Europe: Vienna, Prague, Budapest, and Berlin. The book opens with Cage a journalist hoping to be a novelist, in 1984, a few years before the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall. He is interviewing American spy turned novelist Edwin Lemaster; the virtues of his work, Cage says, cause the young journalist to consider famed British spy novelist John LeCarre, more the British Lemaster, than longtime CIA stalwart Lemaster, the American LeCarre. Hah! As if, says I.
At any rate, Lemaster, primed with too much alcohol, hints to the young journalist that he'd thought of working for the enemy. Upon publication, the disclosure causes a brief scandal in some -- CIA--- circles, and hastens Bill's departure from the world of journalism. Two decades later, Bill attends the funeral of another old CIA stalwart with his retired diplomat father Warfield. Bill's now a divorced single father whose son David lives with Bill's ex-wife April; he's a lonely, disillusioned, bitter public relations man.Read more ›
Back in 1984, Cage is an ambitious young journalist who unexpectedly scores an interviews with a reclusive former spy-turned-espionage writer, Edwin Lemaster - and then winkles out of him the admission that during his years at the CIA Lemaster had contemplated becoming a double agent. "For the thrill of it. The challenge," the novelist explains. That confession of sorts becomes a brief sensation, Lemaster becomes still more reclusive (and never grants another interview). Those pages may mark the beginning of this novel, but they are only a preface. The real action starts some 26 years later when Cage -- now a disillusioned former reporter toiling away at his soul-destroying PR job in is pushed into following a trail of clues laid out by a mysterious handler to find evidence that Lemaster really had been a "double."
It's a fantastic narrative journey, in part because Fesperman draws heavily on classic espionage books as clues and that usher Cage on his way at critical junctures in Cage's quest. Eerily, each step he takes seems to take him not only closer to the truth about Lemaster (perhaps...) but also back into his own personal history, as he travels from one to another of the cities that he inhabited at the height of the Cold War, a motherless child whose father was posted to US embassies in Belgrade, Budapest, Prague, Vienna and Berlin.Read more ›
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Just finished my 3rd read! As a lover of spy novels, I first read it for the story, while my second read some months later was intended to reconnect with the spy novels & stores... Read morePublished 11 months ago by SuzyB
This book took a long time to get into. The only other Fesperman book I've read moved a lot faster and was a lot more interesting (book about Gitmo escape). Read morePublished 14 months ago by Michael L. Jones
I got about halfway into the book before I gave up, both because I did not care and because I didn't want to risk spoiling other classic spy novels that I had planned to read. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Eric von Erich
I normally love spy novels, and while this was sort of a meta spy novel, I did not really like it. I wish I could say I remember what the main story is but even after it being... Read morePublished 15 months ago by John Brumbaugh
Good story with lots of plot twists. The various names and code names can be a bit tedious to keep track of.Published 16 months ago by Kevin Q
Deserves a 3 1/2 more than a 4.... maybe not quite the Great American Spy Novel but not bad, and it was a pleasant read. I'd recommend it.Published 17 months ago by Brent Russell
Great book, well written. A nice throwback to the Cold War spy novels I read as a teen. The references to those many of those older novels was particularly enjoyable.Published 19 months ago by Chippenham
In the books of John LeCarre, when an ordinary man gets caught in schemes of global espionage, no matter how pure his motives, it ends badly for him. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Neurasthenic
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