Walking Back the Cat
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
Walking back the catUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
In the delightful, surprising Cat, which is of a piece with Littell's other fine thrillers (e.g., The Defection of A.J. Lewinter), "Parsifal," a Soviet mole, discovers that he no longer carries out ... Read full review