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Tears of Autumn: A Paul Christopher Novel (Paul Christopher Novels) Paperback – June 26, 2007
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A major bestseller upon its first publication in 1975, The Tears of Autumn is Charles McCarry's riveting novel of espionage and foreign affairs, spun with unsettling plausibility from the events surrounding the assassination of J.F.K. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The Tears of Autumn is an incisive study of power and a brilliant commentary on the force of illusion, the grip of superstition, and the overwhelming strength of blood and family in the affairs of nations. It's also a superb political thriller, taut and unsentimental, whose brilliantly original and persuasive theory about who killed Kennedy will, once again, get minds racing. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Where McCarry really shines is in the nuanced plotting and layered reveals that keep the reader riveted even if the basics of Christopher's take on Kennedy's murder have been known almost from the outset.
"Tears of Autumn" stands alongside the best of spy novels of the modern era.
What I especially liked about the book was development of the theory (not a plot spoiler, as so many other readers have already revealed the theme) that JFK was assassinated as payback for the assassination of the Vietnamese Diem brothers three weeks earlier. I've often wondered about the assassinations, the American one occurring so soon after the Vietnamese version, but I'm just naïve enough to have believed what the Warren Commission found - and also I'm not interested in getting bogged down in conspiracy theories - so didn't give it much thought at the time. McCarry/Christopher build a plausible case, which is a plus. Also I enjoyed the historical background. It's always interesting to read about times you've lived through, although sometimes rather unsettling to realize how much more there was to think about than you actually absorbed at the time.
Paul Christopher is an interesting guy, somewhat out of the mainstream of espionage agents. And the supporting characters also have a lot to offer. But what I couldn't get into was the detail about how Paul pieced together the evidence. Maybe too many Asians with confusing names - :-) - but what is highly unusual for me is that I started skipping through some of the later chapters without my usual obsession with nailing down every character and her/his role in the book at hand. Chaque a son gout? Often I frantically search for the consensus on a book, then fall reverently into line with the common view. But in this case a stubborn streak must have reared its ugly head. I didn't find this book the best thing since sliced bread. (Maybe that's not an apt depiction, since my preference is decidedly for whole loaves of whole wheat.) Meanwhile, I'll try McCarry again, hoping for the ultimate experience.