Synopses & Reviews
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, LeWinter contacts the KGB station chief and says 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. Deft and dazzlingly plotted, this is the book that introduced Robert Littell--the opening shot of a brilliant career.
"Breathtaking inventiveness...A perfect little gem, one of the best Cold War thrillers I've read in years." --Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times
"This is 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." --The Washington Post
This first novel by Robert Littell, bestselling author of immediately elevated him to the ranks of John le Carre, Len Deighton, and Graham Greene. "Eric Ambler invented the modern spy novel. Robert Littell perfected it," wrote Stephen Coonts.
About the Author
Robert Littell's novels include the New York Times bestseller The Company, The October Circle, Mother Russia, The Amateur, The Once and Future Spy, An Agent in Place, The Visiting Professor, and Walking Back the Cat. A former Newsweek journalist, he is an American currently living in France.