The Double Game Hardcover – 1 Dec 2012
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A tantalizing, timely thriller Washington Post A thought-provoking and exciting read Observer One of the best writers of intelligent thrillers based on contemporary events working today...observant, thoughtful, witty Baltimore Sun A new book by Dan Fesperman is becoming a major literary event ... an utterly compelling thriller and quite simply the best I've read all year. Sunday Telegraph Fesperman is the closest thing America has to John le Carre, a writer of great elegance and sophistication whose novels are as topical as they are compelling. Bookseller
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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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.Read more ›
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.
The hero is a 53 year old PR man (ex-journalist) with some sort of a fixation on his father. When he was aged between 12 and I suppose 16 he read all the great spy thriller writers and now has total recall of names and incidents in the books. He is on the trail of a putative mole and clues are given in the form of excerpts from Ambler, Le Carre, etc. What it mainly reminds me of is Enid Blyton (5 go to Smuggler's Top and such like). As the hero's father has to remind him - it's not just a game where you play and then toddle off.
For a chap schooled in the duplicity of spies and the dangers of the craft he is amazinly naïve - obviously 53 going on 14!
I have enjoyed all the other Fesperman books I have read, so am particularly disappointed in this one.
The attempt to translate Washing to politics int central europe illustrate the failureof Us foreign policy to any creibility outside the United States
Narrated in the first person by the protagonist, this smart and suspenseful story opens in 1984 with young journalist Bill Cage interviewing American espionage agent turned novelist Edwin Lemaster. His revelations will soon prove to be the catalyst and the end of Bill's career.
We jump in time to two decades later, when Bill is working in public relations spinning stories for his clients. One day out of the blue he receives an anonymous letter encouraging him to follow up on the 1984 allegations behind Lemaster's disclosure. This enticing and strange note is full of cryptic references to some of Bill's favourite spy novels and proves to be the first of many literary bread crumbs that eventually has Bill travelling to Vienna, Prague and Budapest. Deciphering each instruction is a maze of information, an adventure through spy novels that brings him closer to the truth.....
This story develops and is presented in a different manner it quickly draws you into the world of espionage by bringing back memories and the adrenaline rush created by classic spy novels.
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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.
Clever homage to the spy thriller wrapped inside a spy thriller but sadly not as gripping as some of the works it features.Published on 31 Mar. 2013 by Gerald B. Jackson
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... Read morePublished on 31 Mar. 2013 by Bryan M. Jones
I am only 60% through this book, but I have to say I am really enjoying it. The plot is a mixture of espionage fact and fiction woven together, where ficticious events from the... Read morePublished on 21 Jan. 2013 by George G Clark
A very enjoyable read penned by an author who would appear to possess a genuine love and knowledge of the genre.Published on 19 Jan. 2013 by Kyle Armstrong