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The Last Supper Hardcover – March 23, 2006

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Book 4 of 7 in the Paul Christopher Series

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First published in 1983, this is one of a half dozen of McCarry's espionage thrillers featuring CIA agent Paul Christopher, an old school spy who operates in a world where clever and vicious communists are unquestionably the villains, and who is handsome, dedicated and never short of compliant women. Dismissing his lover Molly Benson's feelings of dread, Paul leaves her bed to fly off to 1960s Vietnam. Sure enough, Molly is quickly murdered. Abruptly, the book flashes back to 1926 Germany where Paul's father, a young American writer, encounters minor Prussian nobility and the woman who will become Paul's mother. Apolitical until the Nazis arrest his wife in 1939, Paul's father joins the OSS that becomes the postwar CIA. At this point, fans of this veteran author will settle back to enjoy nearly 400 pages of nasty scheming. Paul's father spies successfully, but his obsessive efforts to track down his wife lead to Paul's father's murder. Following his father's footsteps into the Cold War "outfit," Paul travels the world to counter communist skullduggery, while delivering plenty of his own. He retires (after a 10-year stint in a Chinese prison) but continues to investigate his father's death. In so doing, he finds the answer as well as the reason for Molly's murder, leading to a shocking twist that turns his world upside down.
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"McCarry is an ace spy novelist." --Publishers Weekly

"Number one…the best espionage writer in the English language!" --Best Sellers --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: The Overlook Press; First Edition edition (March 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585677620
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585677627
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jana L.Perskie HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 19, 2003
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"The Last Supper" is one of the best espionage thrillers I have ever read, definitely putting Charles McCarry in the same literary league with John LeCarre, Alan Furst, Eric Ambler and Ken Follet. McCarry's nuanced, at times poetic, writing style, his ability to create real, flesh and blood characters who will move you, and his fast-paced, taunt storyline, put him at the top of the list for craftsmanship. There were actually moments when I found my eyes filling with tears, at a particular poignant passage, or at the loss of a favorite character. I don't do that easily. The man is Good! The background research is excellent and the historical details of the origins of the OSS and "The Company" are accurate.
The story takes us from the aftermath of World War I, in Germany, through World War II, the Cold War, and Viet Nam, with the creation of "The Outfit." This would be the OSS and the CIA. We meet the earliest agents and watch them and their agency grow in a turbulent world on the brink of one war after another. We are never completely sure who can to be trusted, or whose version is true. A few of the Outfit's leaders know early on that there is a mole in the system who is betraying American interests and getting agents killed. The book takes us all over Europe, to Russia and China, Washington, New York and Boston in the world of international intrigue.
The novel's main character is Paul Christopher, a sensitive, intelligent young man who joins the "Outfit" at the beginning of W.W.II. His mother, Lori, is a Prussian Countess, his father, Hubbard, an American, Yale graduate. They were never political people but hated stupidity and cruelty. Living in Berlin, Hubbard wrote novels and poetry, Lori countessed, they both made friends, traveled, loved each other and had a son...before 1939.
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I will not try to add to the praise of the other two reviewers, but wish to confirm it in the strongest terms. McCarry is in Le Carre's league with a more supple style and more direct, less distant point of view. He is a thrilling, touching writer, particularly in his Chrisopher novels (which, sadly, seem to be out of print -- a dopey decision by his publisher). Find, buy and read them! You'll be moved and glad that you did.
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Fans of LeCarre and Littell (like me) will eat this one up. McCarry is adept at placing you in historical context by the subtlest means. A visual hint here, a place, a name, even a smell, is all he needs to bring forward all the context of history. The rest is a great spy novel of the highest order. I love that McCarry is unafraid, even in the 21st century, to tell a Cold War story. I'll be back for more!
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As a long-time reader of spy novels, I will simply say this is the best, most literate, intricate, gripping, and yet emotionally moving I have ever read. A memorable read, luminous characters, international intrigue at its best. If it is true that the story is not based on actual events, as the author claims, I must say that McCarry has a brilliant gift for plotting and quite an imagination. I was so engrossed with the characters that I felt like I knew them, that I was there as it happened. Anyway, it stuns me that this never became a best seller. This may be his best, as some say, but I am going to try the other novels. See you -- I'm going into deep cover with top Ameddican spy Paul Christopher...
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A 10+. Charles McCarry is not just a great writer of (mostly) espionage novels but he is truly a great American Writer. I think "The Last Supper" is his finest work. It is definitely well beyond a "10". It is on my recommended list as one of the best American novels I have ever read (period). (McCarry should certainly have received awards for this book.) It is deeply profound with almost every turn of the page. You can read it for sheer pleasure, but you will want to read it again with a highlighter and take notes. It is rich with emotion, rich with culture and foreign experience, and deeply develops its many key characters. (It is not a "shoot 'em up.) It is profound with almost every turn of the page. It is truly absorbing with almost no noticeable pretense or contrivance. It transport you to the time periods (pre WWII Germany 1920s and 1930s, WWII, and the Cold War era (late 1940s to early 1960s) quite transparently. This book is also rich with "tradecraft" and explores the personal emotions of the main character Paul Christopher (also found in some of his other books). It provides a deep study of the concept of betrayal in relationship to the espionage business and that of the characters. McCarry was a field operative/case officer during the cold war. Charles McCarry is considered the one to read by American intelligence officers and it is obvious why? He draws on his actual insider's experience and knowledge of Cold War experience and tradecraft to deliver the real thing with a rich cultural and political backdrop. Only a few other writers in the intelligence genera come close. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is definitely worth special ordering or scouring used bookstores for.Read more ›
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