An Honorable Man

An Honorable Man

A Novel

Book - 2016
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This novel, set in Washington D.C. at the height of the Red Scare, investigates a double agent in the CIA whose betrayals threaten to compromise the two lead investigators, the Agency, and the entire nation.
Publisher: New York : Emily Bestler Books/Atria Books, 2016.
ISBN: 9781501110382
Branch Call Number: VIDIC
Characteristics: 278 pages ; 22 cm


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Mar 16, 2019

The historical period and the mix of circumstances -- early 50s McCarthyism, the "lavender scare," double agents and defectors in the intelligence services on both sides of the iron curtain -- are promising. But this book seems to be the outcome of a kind of slackly constructed automatic writing. The prose style is wooden, lifeless, and monotonous. Critical details of circumstance for plot connections are implausible and often given only at the very moment required to explain an action -- a sort of "forgot to tell the reader," just-in-time method of exposition. Very disappointing.

CMLibrary_gjd_0 Jul 28, 2016

An excellent debut. Circa Washington DC, 1953, the CIA has a leak, Stalin has just died and a Red purge has begun. All this puts pressure on the CIA Director to find his mole quickly before all heck breaks loose. Moody and atmospheric, and with wonderful turn of phrases, I highly recommend this novel!

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ChristchurchLib Jun 12, 2016

In this leisurely paced historical spy novel, it's 1953, the Cold War is underway, and the USSR has made dangerous inroads into the CIA, causing the deaths of several American agents. George Mueller is tasked with unearthing the double agent, code-named Protocol. But his investigation -- which includes making contact with a Soviet agent -- causes suspicion to fall on him, too. Inspired by the life of troubled spy James Speyer Kronthal, this debut is one for fans of John le Carré or Charles Cumming.

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