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An Honorable Man by Paul Vidich
  

An Honorable Man

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On one hand you have the spy adventures which run along in overdrive and combine adventure and exotica a la James Bond and, on the other, are the sometimes deliberatly drab but realistic tales of jigsaw plots and devious minds, characterised by the disillusioned realism of John Le Carre, Charles McCarry, Robert Littell and Olen Steinhauer. This debut thriller places Vidich firmly in the second camp and right at the top of the table with instant effect. Doublecrosses, terribly fallible agents and spy hunters, the heart of the Cold War: it's all been done before but when it's plotted and written so well, with a care for the humanity of its torn by loyalties protagonists and the vagaries of unreliable history, I'm always a sucker for more. Atmospheric, moving and enigma-laden, this is spy writing at its very best. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

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An Honorable Man by Paul Vidich

Washington D. C., 1953. The Cold War is heating up: McCarthyism, with all its fear and demagoguery, is raging in the nation’s capital, and Joseph Stalin’s death has left a dangerous power vacuum in the Soviet Union.

The CIA, meanwhile, is reeling from a double agent within their midst. Someone is selling secrets to the Soviets, compromising missions around the globe. Undercover agents have been assassinated, and anti-Communist plots are being cut short in ruthlessly efficient fashion. The CIA director knows any news of the traitor, whose code name is Protocol, would be a national embarrassment and compromise the entire agency.

George Mueller seems to be the perfect man to help find the mole: Yale-educated; extensive experience running missions in Eastern Europe; an operative so dedicated to his job that it left his marriage in tatters. The Director trusts him. Mueller, though, has secrets of his own, and as he digs deeper into the case, making contact with a Soviet agent, suspicion begins to fall on him as well. Until Protocol is found, no one can be trusted, and everyone is at risk.

Reviews

Praise for An Honourable Man:

'There are moments in An Honourable Man...that make you feel like you're intimately eavesdropping on people's lives.' - Writer's Bone

'Even the most jaded readers will be caught off-guard by the espionage and counter-espionage' - Parnassus Musing

'Dead-on Cold War fiction. Noir to the bone' - Kirkus Reviews

'Fans of John le Carré will appreciate the backroom, clubby old-boy network that seemed to define spying in the 1950s' - Publishers Weekly

'An Honorable Man is one heck of a debut novel' - The REAL Book Spy

About the Author

Paul Vidich

Paul Vidich has had a distinguished career in music and media. Most recently, he served as Special Advisor to AOL, Inc. and was Executive Vice President at the Warner Music Group, in charge of technology and global strategy. He serves on the Board of Directors of Poets & Writers and The New School for Social Research. A founder and publisher of the Storyville App, Vidich is also an award-winning author of short fiction. An Honorable Man is his first novel.

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Book Info

Publication date

22nd September 2016

Author

Paul Vidich

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Author's Website

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Publisher

No Exit Press an imprint of Oldcastle Books Ltd

Format

Hardback
288 pages

Categories

Action Adventure / Spy
Thriller / Suspense
Maxim Jakubowski's Selection

Crime & mystery

ISBN

9781843449577

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