Walking Back the Cat

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Overlook Press, 1997 - Fiction - 220 pages
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Littell plunges the reader behind the headlines and into a mesmerizing post-cold war world where reactivated KGB agents, CIA operatives and Apaches combine forces to unravel a double-cross, retracing the operation to find the source of the deception - in espionage lingo, walking back the cat.
A Soviet-era KGB agent code-named Parsifal lives under deep cover in a small town in New Mexico, adjacent to a Apache reservation. A specialist in what the KGB describes as "wetwork" and the rest of the world calls murder, Parsifal discovers, after years of dormancy, that he has a new "Resident" - and he is given assassination orders that lead him to the nearby Apache-run casino. Meanwhile Finn, a disillusioned Gulf War vet who has come to New Mexico for some R & R gets drawn into the web when he discovers that someone is shaking down the casino.

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User Review  - jastbrown - LibraryThing

Robert Littell's spy stories vary somewhat in quality. This story, Walking Back The Cat, about Love, Death, Honor, WetWork and Hot-Air Baloons is a solid B+ in 'my' book! Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An aging KGB agent and a seen-it-all Gulf War vet join forces to thwart a ring of freelance assassins in this quirky Cold War thriller. Finn, a balloonist on the fly from the consequences of a bar ... Read full review


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Robert Littell's novels include the New York Times bestseller The Company, The Once and Future Spy, The Amateur, The Debriefing, and An Agent in Place. A former journalist for Newsweek, Littell is an American who makes his home in France.

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