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The Good Assassin by Paul Vidich
  

The Good Assassin

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Reluctant 1950s spy George Mueller whom we first encountered in the impressive An Honorable Man, is posted to pre-Castro Cuba to investigate the possibility that an old friend, Toby Graham, a friendly CIA agent with whom he worked opposing the KGB back in Europe in earlier times, might have turned unexpectedly rogue and is now manipulating the passage of arms to the rebels that were intended for the Batista regime they are at war with, despite the obvious sympathies at the top of the Washington establishment food chain for the dictator. Unveiling layers of corruption across the board, this is a recognizable take of deceit at the highest level, of compromised ideals and ethics and warring American official agencies set against a lovely evocation of Havana on the eve of the revolution and the turmoil both action-wise and sentimental the protagonists have to steadfastedly beat their way through. A worthy follow-up indeed. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

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Synopsis

The Good Assassin by Paul Vidich

Paul Vidich follows up his acclaimed debut spy thriller with a suspenseful tale of Cold War espionage set in 1950s Cuba, as foreign powers compete to influence the outcome of a revolution. Former CIA Agent George Mueller arrives in Havana in August 1958—the last months before the fall of Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista—to look into the activities of Toby Graham, a CIA officer suspected of harboring sympathies for the rebel forces fighting the unpopular Batista regime. Graham is troubled by the hypocrisy of a bankrupt US foreign policy, and is potentially compromised by an affair with a married American woman. Mueller knew Graham as an undergraduate and later they were colleagues in Berlin fighting the Soviet NKVD. Under the cover of their long acquaintance, Mueller is recruited to vet rumors that Graham is putting weapons, covertly provided by the CIA to Batista, into the hands of Castro’s forces. Public exposure of the CIA weapons mission, and the activity of one rogue agent, threaten to embarrass the agency. Mueller uncovers a world of deceit as the FBI, CIA, and State Department compete to influence the outcome of the revolution in the face of the brutal dictatorship’s imminent collapse. The Good Assassin is a powerful story of ideals, passions, betrayals, and corrupting political rivalries in the months before Castro’s triumphant march into Havana on New Year’s Day 1959.

Reviews

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

'His work has vaulted [Paul Vidich] into the ranks of such thinking-man's spy novels as Joseph Kanon and Alan Furst.' - Stephen Schiff, writer and co-executive producer of the hit FX series

'The Americans 'An unputdownable mole hunt written in terse, noirish prose, driving us inexorably forward' - Olen Steinhauer

'This is splendid stuff, with a complexity and reach. Vidich is clearly a name to watch.' - Barry Forshaw, editor of, Crime Time

'An Honorable Man is that rare beast: a good, old fashioned spy novel.' - John Connolly, international bestselling author of, A Song of Shadows

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

27th July 2017

Author

Paul Vidich

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Publisher

No Exit Press an imprint of Oldcastle Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
256 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense
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Crime & mystery

ISBN

9780857301109

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