The Double Game

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2012 - Fiction - 368 pages
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A few years before the fall of the Berlin Wall, spook-turned-novelist Edwin Lemaster revealed to up-and-coming journalist Bill Cage that he’d once considered spying for the enemy. For Cage, a Foreign Service brat who grew up in the very cities where Lemaster’s books were set, the news story created a brief but embarrassing sensation and heralded the beginning of the end of his career in journalism.

More than two decades later, Cage, now a lonely, disillusioned PR man, receives an anonymous note hinting that he should have dug deeper into Lemaster’s pronouncement. Spiked with cryptic references to some of Cage’s favorite spy novels, the note is the first of many literary bread crumbs that lead him back to Vienna, Prague, and Budapest, each instruction drawing him closer to the complex truth, each giving rise to more questions: Why is beautiful Litzi Strauss back in his life after thirty years? How much of his father’s job involved the CIA? As the events of Lemaster’s past eerily—and dangerously—begin intersecting with those of Cage’s own, a “long stalemate of secrecy” may finally be coming to an end.

A story about spies and their secrets, fathers and sons, lovers and fate, duplicity and loyalty, The Double Game ingeniously taps the espionage classics of the Cold War to build a spellbinding maze of intrigue. It is Dan Fesperman’s most audacious, suspenseful, and satisfying novel yet.

  

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Winner of a couple of daggers from the Crime Writers' Association, plus the Dashiell Hammett Award from the International Association of Crime Writers, Fesperman knows the spy genre well enough to ... Read full review

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One of the reviewer's called this "a love letter to espionage novels," and there's really no better way to describe it. It was such a joy to read a book celebrating Le Carré, Greene, Deighton and so ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
5
Section 3
24
Section 4
33
Section 5
36
Section 6
41
Section 7
48
Section 8
56
Section 24
188
Section 25
196
Section 26
208
Section 27
216
Section 28
221
Section 29
234
Section 30
244
Section 31
248

Section 9
62
Section 10
71
Section 11
79
Section 12
87
Section 13
95
Section 14
103
Section 15
113
Section 16
120
Section 17
127
Section 18
136
Section 19
141
Section 20
150
Section 21
157
Section 22
168
Section 23
177
Section 32
260
Section 33
269
Section 34
272
Section 35
279
Section 36
287
Section 37
293
Section 38
304
Section 39
309
Section 40
319
Section 41
323
Section 42
332
Section 43
338
Section 44
345
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About the author (2012)

Dan Fesperman’s travels as a writer have taken him to thirty countries and three war zones. Lie in the Dark won the Crime Writers’ Association of Britain’s John Creasey Memorial Dagger Award for best first crime novel, The Small Boat of Great Sorrows won their Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for best thriller, and The Prisoner of Guantánamo won the Dashiell Hammett Award from the International Association of Crime Writers. He lives in Baltimore.

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