Robert Littell - Author

About the Author

Robert Littell is the author of seventeen previous novels, most recently Young Philby, and the nonfiction book For the Future of Israel, written with Shimon Peres, President of Israel. He has been awarded both the Gold Dagger and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for his fiction. His novel The Company was a New York Times bestseller and was adapted into a television miniseries. Legends, also published by Duckworth, is currently being filmed by TNT and will be released as a TV series in 2014 starring Sean Bean and Ali Larter. He lives in France.

Featured books by Robert Littell

A Nasty Piece of Work

A Nasty Piece of Work

Author: Robert Littell Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/03/2014

Maxim Jakubowski Highly Recommended. Former homicide detective and CIA agent Lemuel Gunn left behind the Afghanistan battlefield for a trailer in New Mexico to forge a new career as a private investigator. Out of nowhere comes Ornella Neppi, a woman making a mess of her uncle's bail bonds business. She asks Gunn to track down the source of her troubles, a man named Emilio Gava, who has jumped bail after being arrested for buying cocaine. But no photos of Gava seem to exist. As Gunn begins his search for a man it seems that someone is protecting, hitting dead end after dead end, he starts to suspect that Gava might not exist at all - The grittiest novel yet from the masterful Robert Littell, A Nasty Piece of Work is unmissable, powerful reading. As Gunn's game of cat and mouse unfolds - every step leading him closer to the truth - he draws ever closer to an unseen enemy's line of fire.

Other books by Robert Littell

Vladimir M.

Vladimir M.

Author: Robert Littell Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/01/2018

Moscow, March 1953: As Stalin breathes his last, four women meet in Room 408 of the luxurious hotel Metropol. They have gathred to reminisce about the great poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, whose work they once inspired. Following his mysterious suicide twenty-five years earlier, he was canonised by Stalin - but in life he was a far more complicated man, violently torn between art and politics. As his muses piece together their conflicting memories of the man, a portrait of the artist as a tormented young idealist emerges, revealing him as a sexual obsessive caught in the eye of history's storm, struggling to hold on to his ideals in the face of a revolution betrayed. In Vladimir M., Robert Littell creates a provocative cocktail of fiction and reality, bringing to life the tumultuous Stalinist era and the disaster it spelt for the artists it ensnared.

Vladimir M.

Vladimir M.

Author: Robert Littell Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/01/2017

In March 1953, four women meet in Room 408 of Moscow's deluxe Hotel Metropol. They have gathered to reminisce about Vladimir Mayakovsky, the poet who in death had become a national idol of Soviet Russia. In life, however, he was a much more complicated figure. The four women, each of whom could claim to have been a muse to the poet, loved or loathed Mayakovsky in the course of his life, and as they piece together their conflicting memories of him, a portrait of the artist as a young idealist emerges. From his early years as a leader of the Futurist movement to his work as a propagandist for the Revolution, and on to the censorship battles that turned him against the state (and, more ominously, the state against him), their recollections reveal Mayakovsky as a passionate, complex, sexually obsessed man trapped in the epicentre of history, struggling to hold on to his ideals in the face of a revolution betrayed. Vladimir M is an ambitious, impressive novel that brings to life the tumultuous Stalinist era and the predicament of the artists ensnared in it.

Legends

Legends

Author: Robert Littell Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/08/2014

From its unforgettable opening to its astonishing ending, Legends proves an unrivalled powerhouse of seductive storytelling. Martin Odum, disgraced CIA field agent turned private detective in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, is struggling his way through a labyrinth of memories of past identities legends in CIA parlance. Is he really Martin Odum? Is he Dante Pippen, IRA explosives maven turned CIA agent? Or is he another legend? These men speak different languages, like different foods and women, and have different skills, and Odums not sure if hes suffering from multiple personality disorder, brainwashing or just plain exhaustion. When Odum is employed to solve a case for a young Russian, Stella Kastner, he is drawn back into the world he left not remembering quite why, struggling to untangle his true identity while under the strains of mortal danger and psychological disorientation. An extraordinarily intelligent thriller, taut and explosive, Legends is an unrelentingly arresting page-turner.

A Nasty Piece of Work

A Nasty Piece of Work

Author: Robert Littell Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/05/2014

Former CIA agent Lemuel Gunn left the battlefield of Afghanistan for early retirement in the desert of New Mexico, where he works as a private investigator from the creature comforts, such as they are, of a mobile home. Into his life comes Ornella Neppi, a thirtysomething woman making a hash out of her uncle's bail bonds business. The source of her troubles, Emilio Gava, was arrested for buying cocaine. She has reason to believe he is planning to jump bail. For $95 a day plus expenses (not to mention the pleasure of her company), Gunn agrees to help Ornella track down the wayward suspect. Curiously, no photographs of Gava seem to exist, and once Gunn begins his manhunt, he starts to wonder whether Gava himself existed in the first place.

A Nasty Piece of Work

A Nasty Piece of Work

Author: Robert Littell Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/03/2014

A master of the spy genre, Robert Littell turns his formidable skills towards crime fiction in A Nasty Piece of Work. Former CIA agent Lemuel Gunn left the battlefield of Afghanistan for early retirement in the desert of New Mexico, where he works as a private investigator from the creature comforts, such as they are, of a mobile home. Into his life comes Ornella Neppi, a thirtysomething woman making a hash out of her uncle's bail bonds business. The source of her troubles, Emilio Gava, was arrested for buying cocaine. She has reason to believe he is planning to jump bail. For $95 a day plus expenses (not to mention the pleasure of her company), Gunn agrees to help Ornella track down the wayward suspect. Curiously, no photographs of Gava seem to exist, and once Gunn begins his manhunt, he starts to wonder whether Gava himself existed in the first place.

Young Philby

Young Philby

Author: Robert Littell Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/03/2014

Englishman Harold Adrian Russell Philby, nicknamed Kim, slips onto the Russian freighter Domatova as it quietly sails out of the Beirut harbour. A spy for the Soviet Union, he flees the Lebanese capital with just the clothes on his back and uncertainty over his fate in Moscow. Will he be welcomed as a senior Soviet intelligence officer? Will the Great Game hes so keen on playing have a third act? Or will the Heart of Darkness have a more sinister purpose? Impossible to put down, Young Philby paints a vivid picture about one of recent historys most fascinating and subtle spies.

A Nasty Piece of Work

A Nasty Piece of Work

Author: Robert Littell Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/03/2014

Maxim Jakubowski Highly Recommended. Former homicide detective and CIA agent Lemuel Gunn left behind the Afghanistan battlefield for a trailer in New Mexico to forge a new career as a private investigator. Out of nowhere comes Ornella Neppi, a woman making a mess of her uncle's bail bonds business. She asks Gunn to track down the source of her troubles, a man named Emilio Gava, who has jumped bail after being arrested for buying cocaine. But no photos of Gava seem to exist. As Gunn begins his search for a man it seems that someone is protecting, hitting dead end after dead end, he starts to suspect that Gava might not exist at all - The grittiest novel yet from the masterful Robert Littell, A Nasty Piece of Work is unmissable, powerful reading. As Gunn's game of cat and mouse unfolds - every step leading him closer to the truth - he draws ever closer to an unseen enemy's line of fire.

Legends

Legends

Author: Robert Littell Format: eBook Release Date: 21/03/2013

Young Philby

Young Philby

Author: Robert Littell Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/11/2012

One midnight in January in the early 1960s, the Russian freighter Domatova quietly slipped out of Beirut harbour. The ship had sailed with a single passenger on board: an Englishman named Harold Adrian Russell Philby, nicknamed Kim. He had fled the Lebanese capital with little more than the clothes on his back. The Englishman had used both hardcover and paperback edition of James Hiltons Lost Horizon for enciphering purposes (page, line and letter number) when he had communicated with his Soviet controllers. As the lights of Beirut vanished, he tried to imagine the life that awaited him in the Soviet Union. Would Moscow Centre welcome him into the Heart of Darkness as a senior Soviet intelligence officer? Would the Great Game the Englishman was so keen to play have a third act? For a spy, like a climber on a cliff, was there really no way out except up?

The Stalin Epigram

The Stalin Epigram

Author: Robert Littell Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/05/2011

Moscow, 1934. As thousands of peasant famers starve under Stalin's regime of collectivisation, Osip Mandelstam, perhaps the greatest Russian poet of the twentieth century, defies the Kremlin with a few short, audacious lines of verse - a searing indictment of Stalin secretly recited to a handful of friends and fellow artists. When a transcript of the work falls into the hands of the secret police, the poet is taken from his home to Lubyanka prison under accusations of counter-revolutionary activities that carry the highest penalty, and his fate - as well as the fates of those close to him - is cast into bleak uncertainty. A fictional portrait based on a riveting historical episode, The Stalin Epigram is narrated in turn by Mandelstam himself, his devoted wife and his great friends, the poets Boris Pasternak and Anna Akhmatova, amongst other vividly imagined characters. A gripping and memorable achievement of rigorous research and extraordinary empathy, bestselling author Robert Littell's latest novel is a compelling testament to human courage and endurance.

The Stalin Epigram

The Stalin Epigram

Author: Robert Littell Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/05/2010

Moscow, 1934. As thousands of peasant farmers starve under Stalin's regime of collectivisation, Osip Mandelstam, perhaps the greatest Russian poet of the twentieth century, defies the Kremlin with a few short, audacious lines of verse - a searing indictment of Stalin secretly recited to a handful of friends and fellow artists. When a transcript of the work falls into the hands of the secret police, the poet is taken from his home to Lubyanka prison under accusations of counter-revolutionary activities that carry the highest penalty, and his fate - as well as the fates of those close to him - is cast into bleak uncertainty. A fictional portrait based on a riveting historical episode, The Stalin Epigram is narrated in turn by Mandelstam himself, his devoted wife, and his great friends the poets Boris Pasternak and Anna Akhmatova, amongst other vividly imagined characters. A gripping and memorable achievement of rigorous research and extraordinary empathy, bestselling author Robert Littell's latest novel is a compelling testament to human courage and endurance.

Vicious Circle A Novel of Complicity

Vicious Circle A Novel of Complicity

Author: Robert Littell Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/06/2008

The author of The Company returns with a blockbusting new thriller that interrogates the brutal psychology of a conflict that has defined our age. An Israeli government minister is assassinated in the home of his mistress. Days later, Elihu, an ageing Mossad officer leads his final raid, killing a Hamas leader in his bed. While the global community, united under the leadership of a visionary female US president, brokers a major compromise between Israel and the Palestinian authority, Isaac Apfulbaum, a well-known fundamentalist Rabbi, is taken hostage by Dr. al-Saath, a legendary Palestinian terrorist, who demands the release of several Palestinian prisoners.As Israel coaxes Elihu out of retirement to hunt down the terrorist who motivated his final mission, al-Saath and Apfulbaum fund themselves building an extraordinary relationship. The parallels between these two battle-hardened partisans become the bonds that could lead to reconciliation. But with the Mossad strike team closing in, has the vicious circle already been closed? Ferociously suspenseful and brilliantly topical, Vicious Circle is a thriller that, like The Company before it, breaks down an entire culture of violence into the corrupted consciences that embody it, interrogating the brutal psychology of a conflict that has defined our age.

The Once and Future Spy A Novel of Obsession

The Once and Future Spy A Novel of Obsession

Author: Robert Littell Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/08/2007

By national best-selling author, Robert Littell, whose most recent novel The Company received rave reviews across the nation, The Once and Future Spy is finally back in print. This is Littell at the top of his form, constructing a tale of espionage and counterespionage revealing the dirty tricks and dangerous secrets about the subjects he knows intimately the CIA and American history, past and present. Littell proves beyond all doubt that he is a storyteller of inimitable caliber. As Stephen Coonts put it, Eric Ambler invented the modern spy novel. Robert Littell perfected it. The Once and Future Spy is a classic spy story. At the center of Littell's plot is an elite plan, so secret and so dangerous that its existence is known only to a tiny group of specialists within CIA headquarters. There is virtually no paper trail but, somehow, the plan has sprung a leak. The plotters must urgently trace it or face deadly consequences. Meanwhile, at work elsewhere on another highly sensitive project for the Company is an operative known as the Weeder a man obsessed with American history and one of its heroes. When the Weeder's and Washington's clandestine worlds collide, the present faces the past and disturbing moral choices are weighed against a shining patriotic dream. What is the truth? Whose truth should be believed?

The Visiting Professor A Novel of Chaos

The Visiting Professor A Novel of Chaos

Author: Robert Littell Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/01/2007

The Visiting Professor is one of Littell's most original novels, exploring the relationships between randomness and God, chaos and sex, a butterfly tattoo and occasional rain, and the going and the getting there. Lemuel Falk, 'a Russian theoretical chaoticist on the lam from terrestrial chaos', has been applying for permission to leave Russia every year for the past twenty-three years. Because he knows state secrets, he has not been allowed to cross the state's frontiers. Now, suddenly, his request for an exit visa is approved - a sure sign that the situation is even more chaotic than he has imagined. Falk accepts a chair as a visiting professor at the Institute for Advanced Interdisciplinary Chaos-Related Studies in upstate New York. Arriving in the Promised Land under the impression that the streets are paved with Sony Walkmans, he plunges into the heart of another kind of chaos. No sooner has he arrived than he sets off on an academic catfight, falls in love with a hairdresser half his age, and becomes a self-styled gumshoe tracking a serial killer.

The Debriefing A Novel of Deception

The Debriefing A Novel of Deception

Author: Robert Littell Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/01/2007

From the secret meeting rooms of Washington to the interrogation chambers of the KGB, The Debriefing is a novel of exquisite suspense and dazzlingly tense drama. Stone is the Head of an elite arm of the Joint Chiefs of Staff - and a master of the sophisticated art of debriefing. When Oleg Kulakov defects from Russia, handcuffed to a sealed diplomatic pouch, it's Stone's job to find out if he's genuine. He uncovers Kulakov's every secret, probes the darkest reaches of Kulakov's heart, and penetrates Russia itself to learn the chilling truth...a truth that tears his own world apart.

The Defection of A.J. Lewinter

The Defection of A.J. Lewinter

Author: Robert Littell Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/07/2006

The Defection of A. J. Lewinter is a masterpiece of irony and intrigue, an unconventional and gripping anatomy of a defection. A.J. Lewinter, an American scientist and insignificant cog in America's complex defence machinery, contacts the KGB and tantalises the Russians with US military secrets he claims to possess, declaring that he wants to defect. But is he genuine? Neither the Russians nor the Americans are sure, and Lewinter is swept up in a terrifying political chess match of deceit and treachery. Deft and dazzlingly plotted, this is the book that introduced Robert Littell - the opening shot of a brilliant career.

Legends

Legends

Author: Robert Littell Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/04/2006

Legends tells the story of Martin Odum, disgraced CIA field agent turned private detective in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, struggling his way through a labyrinth of memories of past identities - 'legends' in CIA parlance. Is he really Martin Odum? Is he Dante Pippen, IRA explosives maven turned CIA agent? Or Lincoln Dittmann, college professor and Civil War expert? While Odum is employed to solve a case for young Russian, Stella Kastner, he struggles to untangle his true identity, drawn back into the world he left not remembering quite why, travelling from Hebron to Moscow to London to Prague, under the strains of mortal danger and psychological disorientation.

Vicious Circle

Vicious Circle

Author: Robert Littell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2006

An Israeli government minister is assassinated in the home of his mistress. Days later, Elihu, an aging and decorated Mossad officer, leads his final raid, killing a Hamas leader in his bed while barely escaping with his own life. Out of this familiarly cyclical scenario, the action moves into the near future, when the global community, united under the leadership of a visionary female president of the United States, brokers a major compromise between Israel and the Palestinian authority in order to snuff out the violent flashpoint of global terrorism. It seems to work until a well-known fundamentalist rabbi is taken hostage by a legendary Palestinian terrorist. Ferociously suspenseful and brilliantly topical, Vicious Circle breaks down an entire culture of violence into the corrupted consciences that embody it.

The Sisters A Novel of Betrayal

The Sisters A Novel of Betrayal

Author: Robert Littell Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/11/2005

A world-class spy story from the master of the genre With the publication of his New York Times bestseller The Company, Robert Littell re-established his position as one of our top writers of intelligent, ironic, and always entertaining espionage thrillers. After many years The Sisters, a cult classic among espionage aficionados is finally available again as Duckworth republishes this classic spy story by Littell, whose most recent novel The Company received widespread acclaim. In the book Christopher Lehmann-Haupt of The New York Times called 'the plot of plots,' Robert Littell has created the CIA 'legends' Francis and Carroll, dubbed 'The sisters Death and Night' by their cohorts. But few know what these enigmatic and extremely dangerous operatives do. They plot - and they're plotting the perfect crime. They've located the perfect pawn - the Potter, the exiled ex-head of the KGB sleeper school - and, with artful deception, the Sisters coerce him into betraying his last and best sleeper, the man he considers his son. Once awakened, this sleeper, an assassin living secretly in the U.S., will launch a mission of death - unless the Potter, in a desperate race against time, can stop his protege from committing the Sisters' perfect and world-shattering crime.

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