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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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Not only is hero and narrative viewpoint Paul Christopher one of the few fictional spies as interesting as George Smiley, but the plot of Tears of Autumn is genuinely original, compelling, disturbing, thoroughly plausible--all you could ever ask from a thriller. Put it next to DeLillo's Libra and you have two utterly contradictory scenarios for what lay behind Dallas '63 that both feel true.
Oh, and did I mention he could write? I mean the pages turn themselves and the world around you fades until the story ends. Then it lingers with you. He can write.
Blah blah. I won't go on further because, like I say, it's been years. I only came here because I'd forgotten the exact title of "that Kennedy assassination book". But when I got here I found myself wanting to add my praise to that of the two previous reviewers and to wholeheartedly recommend it, along with the McCarry's other Paul Christopher novels, to anyone who's curious. It's well worth dipping into. Not to be missed, really, if you like good spy books (or well-constructed conspiracy theories).
This is my first McCarry novel, but it will not be my last. McCarry tackles the Kennedy assassination in this his first book. I was a bit reluctant at first to read this book because I was frankly tired of all the silly conspiracy theories revolving around Kennedy's assassination. I think that the lone crazy assassin theory has been largely vindicated. I am tired of the ridiculous grassy knoll Oliver Stone nonsense. These theories held a certain fascination for me when I was much younger, but no more.
This book however approaches the assassination from an entirely different perspective. I won't give away the plot line by discussing McCarry's theory, but suffice it to say, he does not insult our intelligence.
This book is a very intelligent, elegant, and cleverly written story about the assassination and the world of espionage. His story and his characters make sense. He does not stretch credulity to the breaking point. I'm not saying that I endorse the theory of this book only that it is plausible. And that's what makes for such an interesting read.
Paul Christopher, the protagonist, David Patchen, his Harvard college roommate and now his supervisor, Tom Webster, his case officer, Tom's wife Sybille Webster, and Paul's girlfriend Molly are all immensely likable and believable characters who, no doubt, we will hear from again in later novels.
If you enjoy historical fiction and have any interest in Vietnam, the Kennedy assassination, and the inner workings of the CIA during this period then you will thoroughly enjoy this very good first effort by a fine writer.
P.J. O'Rourke has called McCarry the "absolute best thriller writer alive." This is very high praise and in this case well deserved praise.
Paul Christopher, a CIA agent with cover as a journalist has reason to believe he knows who is behind the Kennedy killing and is set loose to prove it to the US Administration.
What Christopher uncovers is as good a theory, if you believe that Oswald was not alone, as I've seen anywhere and makes a lot more sense than most that are filling up the Internet.
The author,Charles McCarry is a retired CIA agent and my assumption is there is a lot of reality in the books procedural passages, this is very good not 'Smiley" but very good. The rest of the series awaits.