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A Nasty Piece of Work by Robert Littell
  

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Maxim Jakubowski Highly Recommended.

Littell is best known as the American equivalent of John le Carre, an elegant spinner of urbane spy tales and chronicler of the shadow world. In this stunning departure, he appropriates the world of Raymond Chandler, with the tale of a cynical Afghanistan vet who has set up as a private eye in New Mexico and works from his trailer. Enter the inevitable femme fatale. All familiar until now but Littell manages to balance wit, quips and violence with a wry understanding of human nature, a healthy dose of a gun a minute thrills and enough twists to keep the reader glued to the page. The dialogue updates hardboiled speech to the 21st century. Exhilarating.

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Synopsis

A Nasty Piece of Work by Robert Littell

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.

Reviews

'If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel, he should have'
Tom Clancy

'Robert Littell is the author of many superb cold war-era spy novels, of a literary quality that makes it reasonable to call him the American John le Carre' - Guardian

'Robert Littell has long been among the subtlest of espionage magicians' - The Sunday Times

About the Author

Robert Littell

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

27th March 2014

Author

Robert Littell

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Publisher

Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd an imprint of Duckworth Overlook

Format

Hardback
272 pages

Categories

Action Adventure / Spy
Thriller / Suspense

Crime & mystery

ISBN

9780715647349

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