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The Good Assassin: A Novel Hardcover – April 18, 2017
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"Vidich spins a tale of moral and psychological complexity, recalling Graham Greene . . . . rich, rewarding." (Booklist)
"Fascinating...Vidich brings the reader into a country on the brink of revolution. The fear and danger are palpable." (Historical Novel Society)
Paul Vidich's tense, muscular thriller delivers suspense and intelligence circa 1953: Korea, Stalin,the cold war, rage brilliantly, and the hall of mirrors confronting reluctant agent George Mueller reflects myriad questions. Just how personal is the political? Is the past ever past? An Honorable Man asks universal questions whose shadows linger even now. Paul Vidich's immensely assured debut, a requiem to a time, is intensely alive, dark, silken with facts, replete with promise. (Jayne Anne Phillips, New York Times bestselling author of Quiet Dell and Machine Dreams)
"A cool, knowing, and quietly devastating thriller that vaults Paul Vidich into the ranks of such thinking-man's spy novelists as Joseph Kanon and Alan Furst. Like them, Vidich conjures not only a riveting mystery but a poignant cast of characters, a vibrant evocation of time and place, and a rich excavation of human paradox." (Stephen Schiff, writer and co-executive producer of the hit FX series, THE AMERICANS)
"An Honorable Man is an unputdownable mole hunt written in terse, noirish prose, driving us inexorably forward. In George Mueller, Paul Vidich has created a perfectly stoic companion to guide us through the intrigues of the red-baiting Fifties. And the story itself has the comforting feel of a classic of the genre, rediscovered in some dusty attic, a wonderful gift from the past." (Olen Steinhauer, New York Times bestselling author of ALL THE OLD KNIVES)
"Cold War spy fiction in the grand tradition--neatly plotted betrayals in that shadow world where no one can be trusted and agents are haunted by their own moral compromises." (Joseph Kanon, New York Times bestselling author of Istanbul Passage and The Good German)
“An Honorable Man is that rare beast: a good, old fashioned spy novel. But like the best of its kind, it understands that the genre is about something more: betrayal, paranoia, unease, and sacrifice. For a book about the Cold War, it left me with a warm, satisfied glow.” (John Connolly, #1 Internationally Bestselling Author of A Song of Shadows)
“A richly atmospheric and emotionally complex...tale of spies versus spies in the Cold War . . . . Vidich writes with an economy of style that acclaimed espionage novelists might do well to emulate. This looks like the launch of a great career in spy fiction.” (Booklist (starred review))
“A moody debut spy novel inspired by real events. . .Dead-on Cold War fiction. Noir to the bone.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Paul Vidich is a very strong new voice in spy fiction. The writing is powerful, the setting real, the characters magnetic. Vidich portrays the paranoia of America's anti-communist moment brilliantly, and he captures the grey, gritty realities of counterintelligence. If you love Charles McCarry, read Vidich.” (Adam Brookes, Author of Night Heron)
“If you like movies such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy or Tom Hank’s 2015 spy flick A Bridge of Spies, you need to read this book.” (The Real Spy Book)
“Taut storytelling … Reminiscent of old-school John Le Carré spy thrillers.” (Judith D. Collins Must Reads)
About the Author
Paul Vidich has had a distinguished career in music and media. Most recently, he served as Special Advisor to AOL, Inc. and was Executive Vice President at the Warner Music Group, in charge of technology and global strategy. He serves on the Board of Directors of Poets & Writers and The New School for Social Research. A founder and publisher of the Storyville App, Vidich is also an award-winning author of short fiction. He is the author of An Honorable Man and The Good Assassin.
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The novel is complex, the intelligence related action is intermittent and interspersed with the strong personal stories the author presents. Many readers should feel this is a 'complete' book in that it is not all 'action' and it does explore a lot of the 'human condition.' Cuba at a point in time comes across with sufficient atmosphere. Better trade craft and less of the tangled loves would have lifted this novel's entertainment value for me.
Exotic, glamorous, mysterious, and suspenseful! The rampant lies, ignorant officials, and good ol' buddy camaraderie woven into this 1958-era thriller, eerily echo our current Twitter-laced political times. This is a thoughtful distraction from our daily news feeds!
Another novel that is too good to be true!
This novel was a page turner! I couldn't put it down.
Novelist Paul Vidich has the writing skills, talent and good story telling to swim with the sharks! Reading this novel I felt I was a stealth character in the background. I even felt I was at the dinner table. Novelist Paul Vidich has a unique way of using words in his sentence structure. Prose excellent. Detail to characters and scenes, excellent.
This is another real spy espionage novel by Novelist Paul Vidich.
It was joy to read this novel. When I was done reading it I felt a sense of satisfaction of my time well spent again.
If you read the Acknowledgments this novel is based on the life of William Morgan.
Now to, oh? No George Muller novel #3. Mr. Paul Vidich? Where is George Muller novel #3, George Muller novel #4, George Muller novel #5, ...
Don't stop writing George Muller novels. There great! You have a gift, a skill, a talent to share with the world.
When will the next novel be released? Titled?
Again, thank you Mr. Paul Vidich for a wonderful novel to read. Excellent!
Beneath the political turmoil and deadly intrigue lie complicated emotional ties that may blind everyone to the truth. A passionate love affair with an American expat; a world of deceit within the FBI, CIA, and State Department; and dangerous lies and moral bankruptcy from all sides further complicate the already treacherous circumstances in which Mueller finds himself. But both his own code of honor and the outcome of the revolution depend on Mueller’s ability to navigate the corruption and betrayals which permeate his world. Paul Vidich has written a powerful story of the competing ideals, passion, hypocrisy, and destructive rivalries that played out in the months before Castro’s triumphant march into Havana on New Year’s Day 1959. Highly recommended.