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Defection of A.J. Lewinter: A Novel of Duplicityby Robert Littell
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The legendary debut spy thriller from the author of The Company.
A masterpiece of irony and intrigue, deftly and dazzlingly plotted, The Defection of A.J. Lewinter is the novel that established Robert Littell as a master of the Cold War thriller and immediately elevated him to the ranks of John le Carré, Len Deighton, and Graham Greene.
A.J. Lewinter is an American scientist, for years an insignificant cog in America's complex defense machinery. Now he is playing both sides against the middle — telling the Russians he wants to defect and tantalizing them with U.S. military secrets he claims to posses. But is his defection genuine? Neither the Russians nor the Americans are sure, and as each side struggles to anticipate its opponent's next move, Lewinter is swept up in a terrifying chess match of deceit and treachery.
"Concise, smart and funny, this novel turns Cold War spy cliches on their head....
"This is a dazzling work, literature of a high order that happens to address the madness of the Cold War....The Defection of A.J. Lewinter is just about perfect." Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post
"Breathtaking inventiveness....A perfect little gem, one of the best Cold War thrillers I've read in years." Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times
"Rarely has confusion been so elegantly plotted. The Defection of A. J. Lewinter is a must for all who find clarity elusive and overrated. Kudos to Overlook Press for reissuing this classic." Boston Globe
The legendary spy thriller from bestselling author Robert Littell — whose newest book, The Company, is receiving rave reviews and acclaim — is finally back in print. Fans, reviewers, and booksellers will cheer. This first novel, originally published in 1973, established Littell as a master and immediately elevated him to the ranks of John le Carre, Len Deighton, and Graham Greene.<P>The Defection of A. J. Lewinter is a masterpiece of irony and intrigue, an unconventional and gripping anatomy of a defection. A. J. Lewinter is an American scientist, for years an insignificant cog in America's complex defense machinery. While at an academic conference in Tokyo, he contacts the KGB station chief and tells him he wants to defect. He tantalizes the Russians with U.S. military secrets he claims to possess, but is his defection genuine? Neither the Russians nor the Americans are sure and Lewinter is swept up in a terrifying political chess match of deceit and treachery. Each side struggles to anticipate its opponent's next move and the superpowers are locked in a deadly contest that exploits friendships, destroys loyalties, and manipulates human beings as expendable pawns. Deft and dazzlingly plotted, this is the book that introduced Robert Littell — the opening shot of a brilliant career.
About the Author
Robert Littell is the author of numerous spy novels, including the New York Times bestseller The Company, The Amateur (which was made into a feature film), and The Once and Future Spy.
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