This legendary spy thriller from bestselling author Robert Littell is finally back in print. His first novel, originally published in 1973, it established Littell as a master and immediately elevated him to the ranks of Le Carré, Len Deighton, and Graham Greene. The Defection of A.J. Lewinter is a masterpiece of irony and intrigue, an unconventional and gripping anatomy of a defection. A.J. Lewinter is an American scientist, for years an insignificant cog in America’s complex defence machinery. While at an academic conference in Tokyo, he contacts the KGB station chief and tells him he wants to defect, tantalising the Russians with US military secrets he claims to possess; 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.