By Robert Littell
This first novel through Robert Littell, bestselling writer of the corporate, instantly increased him to the ranks of John le Carre, Len Deighton, and Graham Greene.
A.J. LeWinter is an American scientist, for years a mere cog in America’s advanced protection equipment. whereas at an educational convention in Tokyo, LeWinter contacts the KGB station leader and says he desires to illness. He tantalizes the Russians with U.S. army secrets and techniques he claims to own, yet is his defection real? Neither the Russians nor the americans are definite, and LeWinter is swept up in a terrifying political chess fit of deceit and treachery. Deft and dazzlingly plotted, this is often the e-book that brought Robert Littell―the commencing shot of a super occupation.
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The single marking at the door was once the room quantity and a badly typed be aware on an index card post goodbye in the past the Scotch tape used to be dry and peeling. The observe stated: absolutely No ADmittance with out Written AUthorization whilst Committee 303 (which took its identify from the room quantity) used to be now not in consultation, the door used to be double-locked and the world was once checked for digital insects two times day-by-day via protection technicians. while the committee met, quite often on Thursday nights, there has been speculated to be an armed shield published on the door. In perform, although, the committee borrowed any hot physique that was once convenient to thrust back unintended viewers. There by no means have been any. Ever. at the Thursday that 303 took up the Lewinter affair, a woman from the night typing pool were commandeered. Engrossed in her e-book (Games humans Play), she didn’t lookup while Buzz Martin caught his head out of the room. “Sorry to interrupt,” he stated with a hint of cynicism. “There’s a gentleman ready downstairs—tall, fortyish, identify of Diamond—ask him to return up, will you, honey? ” “Sure thing,” she stated, and headed for the foyer. Committee 303 used to be basically a clearing apartment for the U. S. Intelligence group. It got here into lifestyles in 1961 whilst President John F. Kennedy, smarting from the fiasco on the Bay of Pigs, forged approximately for tactics to place a tighter rein on American Intelligence businesses. Thereafter, all covert Intelligence operations—especially these of the C. I. A. —had to be channeled via 303 for approval. regardless of its the most important role—or might be as a result of it—Committee 303 was once shrouded in secrecy; in all of Washington, there have been just a couple of hundred those that have been even conscious of its life. Buzz Martin’s spouse wasn’t one in all them. Her husband was once that sort of guy: in his inner most lifestyles, a stickler for propriety; in his occupation, a stickler for safety. It was once this tight-lipped caliber that had stuck the attention of the President years earlier than whilst he was once searching for a different assistant for nationwide defense affairs. Now Buzz Martin (the nickname dated again to his salad days while he received a name for slicing via knotty difficulties like a buzz observed) was once the President’s guy on 303, a no-nonsense, middle-aged whiz child who spent just about all of his waking hours weighing innovations, and who appeared to have a unmarried ardour in life—to shield the facility and status and individual of the President of the USA, in some way. Martin established this once more in the beginning of the consultation whilst Harry Dukess, the ordinary nonvoting consultant of the vital Intelligence company on 303, had suggested at the “fuss” in Bangkok. “We unfold a bit funds round and set issues right,” Dukess had defined, attempting to gloss over the incident. “That undeniable won’t do,” Martin had stated, cradling a puffy cheek within the palm of his hand. He rated every person in govt in keeping with his skill to embarrass the President—and the C. I. A. humans stood excessive at the checklist. “You men spend extra time taking part in video games and toying with catastrophe than an individual i do know “That’s now not particularly fair,” Dukess had all started to protest.