The Defection of A. J. Lewinter

The Defection of A. J. Lewinter
Robert Littell
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27 Jul 2006
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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.

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About Robert Littell

Robert Littell is the author of seventeen previous novels, most recently Young Philby. He has been hailed as ‘The best American spy writer currently at work’ (Daily Telegraph), and he has been awarded both the CWA Gold Dagger (for his debut, The Defection of AJ Lewinter) 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 in 2007, produced by Ridley Scott. He lives in France.

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