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The Double Game [Paperback]

Dan Fesperman
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Book Description

1 April 2013
A few years before the fall of the Berlin Wall, spook-turned-novelist Edwin Lemaster reveals to young journalist Bill Cage that he'd once considered spying for the enemy. For Cage, a fan who grew up as a Foreign Service brat in the very cities where Lemaster set his plots, the story creates a brief but embarrassing sensation. More than two decades later, Cage, by then a lonely, disillusioned PR man, receives an anonymous note hinting that he should have dug deeper. Spiked with cryptic references to some of his and his father's favorite old spy novels, the note is the first of many literary bread crumbs that soon lead him back to Vienna, Prague, and Budapest in search of the truth, even as the events of Lemaster's past eerily--and dangerously--begin intersecting with those of his own. Why is beautiful Litzi Strauss back in his life after 30 years? How much of his father's job involved the CIA? Did Bill, as a child, become a pawn? As the suspense steadily increases, a long stalemate of secrecy may finally be broken.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (1 April 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0857893408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857893406
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The Double Game is not just a spy novel - it's a love letter to the genre...cleverly woven into a thrilling story. Brilliantly executed and a joy from start to finish.' Olen Steinhauer, author of An American Spy

About the Author

Dan Fesperman is a reporter for The Baltimore Sun and a published author of several thrillers. The plots were inspired by the author's own international assignments in countries such as Yugoslavia and Afghanistan.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Only for those well-read in the spy genre 17 Dec 2012
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I wonder what it would be like to read this book and NOT be well-versed in the genre. If you know your Deighton, Ambler, le Carre etc, and have also kept up with the real-life Philby / Angelton machinations and betrayals, there is much pleasure from recognising references to old friends, or even occasionally spotting them before the author/narrator explicitly tells you. But strip this away and you are left with a so-so thriller and one which appears to have been contrived specifically so that the author can show off the extent of his research.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
On the strength of having enjoyed Fesperman's debut novel (Lie in the Dark), I decided to pick this new one up to see if should hunt down his backlist. But it's never a good sign when a book lingers on my nightstand once I've cracked it open, and this one lingered for several months, generally failing to draw me into picking it back up. About 3/4 of the way though, I almost set it aside for good, but then like a desperate weekender at the casino, I threw good money (time) after bad and plowed on until the bitter end. The book suffers from two major flaws to my mind. The first is that the protagonist elicits neither empathy nor interest from the reader -- I just never cared at all what happened to him. The second is that it's a book about books to a certain extent, and when those kind of metatextual frames don't work for me, they really flop hard.

The story follows a divorced, 50ish journalist who is drawn deeply into a web of Cold War-era secrets. Someone using passages (actually pages) from real-life spy thrillers has goaded him into retracing the stations of an old spy network in Vienna/Prague/Budapest/Berlin, one that may or may not be connected to a man who went on to become a bestselling author (kind of an American Le Carré), who himself might have been a spy himself back in the '60s, and possibly a double-agent working for the Soviets. It's all pretty convoluted, and about halfway through the book, there's a passage which gives a little summary, for those struggling to keep up: "I seem to be tracking an informational trail for some sort of courier network set up by [the author] back in the sixties, when he was an operative, on behalf of source code-named Dewey, who may or may not have been known to, or even used by, the KGB.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cleverly written spy page turner 9 Nov 2013
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A clever novel with the central character becoming embroiled in the world he so enjoys reading about.

Well worth a look.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe four stars 31 Mar 2013
Clever homage to the spy thriller wrapped inside a spy thriller but sadly not as gripping as some of the works it features.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spy's bible 31 Mar 2013
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If you enjoy reading spy & related material then this book is a must, It will take you through all the classic works and if you do not know them it will introduce you to the masters: George Smilies handbook
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2.0 out of 5 stars A scond rate plot 26 Mar 2013
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Construcred in a conveluted way based on other published spy stories it completely fails as a book
The attempt to translate Washing to politics int central europe illustrate the failureof Us foreign policy to any creibility outside the United States
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3.0 out of 5 stars Game and a half 24 Jan 2013
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I'm a fan of Fesperman having read all of his books so far.

Based on the son of a US diplomat who served in Europe during the Cold War, who then finds himself caught up in the spy games of days gone by - people; dead drops; codes, etc

Yet, whilst this is good in parts, it lacks the edge that other novels had. Good but not great.
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