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Tears of Autumn Paperback – 28 May 2009

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd (28 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715636243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715636244
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 647,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'There is no better American spy novelist. It's like the best parts of ten John le Carré novels all put together' - TIME. 'Charles McCarry's masterpiece... would be intriguing even if told in pedestrian prose, but the grace of its writing gives it a special dimension... beautifully written, its conspiracy theory still intrigues and it most assuredly is a classic' --Washington Post

'The best writer of intelligence and political novels in the world' - Boston Globe. 'Cool, intelligent... superbly readable... rich entertainment' --Sunday Times

'Ranks up there with Le Carré in a select class of two' - Daily Mail. 'Possibly the greatest espionage novel ever written and certainly the most compelling effort to unravel the many secrets surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy' --Otto Penzler, New York Sun

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Charles McCarry is the author, most recently, of the critically acclaimed thriller 'Christopher's Ghosts'. His other much-praised novels include 'The Miernik Dossier', 'The Last Supper' and 'Old Boys'. During the Cold War he was an intelligence officer operating under deep cover in Europe, Africa and Asia.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Eric May on 23 Mar. 2010
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One of the very best from one of America's top novelists. The portrait of the people around JFK and what happened to them in the aftermath of the President's murder is worth the price alone, but the results of Paul Christopher's hunt for the motives and the identities of the southeast Asian conspirators behind the assassination of the President will keep the reader wondering long after the last page has been turned. Highly recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Wynne Kelly TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Aug. 2010
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Paul Christopher is a somewhat disillusioned CIA operative who sets out without any official permission to find out who was actually behind the Kennedy assassination. His search takes him from Italy to Austria, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and North Africa. He has contacts in all these places and his ability to speak the local languages is very much a plus factor. It is a fast paced story - and Christopher is portrayed as a pretty heroic character (but he is not above getting others to do his dirty work).

Although first published in 1975 The Tears of Autumn remains fresh and relevant. An Italian colleague says: "You Americans kill whole countries and it doesn't bother you.....but for America to be wounded - ah!"

The plotting was a bit overcomplicated and involved the Viet Cong, Viet Minh, the Mafia, horoscopes, dwarf Nazis, Cubans, African nationalists...... Even readers who were sympathetic to the view that Kennedy was killed as a result of an international conspiracy would have had their credibility stretched to breaking point!

However Charles McCarry's writing style is excellent. "They ate a bad meal, cooked with contempt and served with scorn, in an expensive restaurant in Georgetown that was going out of fashion."
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By spencer on 18 Feb. 2011
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Why did I not know about this writer and this book before now? Very well written, always moving, and a take on the Kennedy murder that I had never considered or heard mentioned. Good all round.
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