by Robert Littell
Publisher: Bantam Books
Book Club Edition
Robert Littell, author of The Defection of A.J. Lewinter, The Debriefing and The Amateur, has now written his most ambitious book yet -- a world of clandestine alliances and covert plots, of moral darkness and monumental consequences. The world of The Sisters.
Francis and Carroll are minor legends in the Company. Brilliant, eccentric and extremely dangerous, these two men are considered the Company's odd couple, for they complement each other exquisitely: one will see forest where the other sees trees; one leaps in the general direction of unlikely ends, while the other, a pedestrian at heart, trails after him lingering over means. Somewhere along the line of the CIA's army of Ph.D.'s dubbed them "The sisters Death and Night." The name stuck. If you mention the Sisters in an intraoffice memo, and capitalize the S, almost everyone in the Company knows whom you are talking about. But only a handful have an inkling of what the Sisters actually do for a living.
What they do is plot.
And what they are plotting one perfect August day is a perfect crime.
There is another pair of intelligence men who work closely together -- these as master and prize pupil for the KGB. The Potter, once the powerful head of the sleeper school, now spends his days in a Moscow attic workshop, spinning damp clay instead of webs of intrigue, put out to meager pasture because three of his sleepers went wrong. The suddenly with a startling telephone call, the Potter becomes the unwitting pawn in the Sisters' intricate machinations. Threatened with a labor camp for past crimes, brbed with a chance to leave the country, he is asked to betray his last and best sleeper, a man he considers his son.
Once awakened, this sleeper, a trained assassin living anonymously in the U.S., will embark upon a mission of death -- unless the Potter, in a desperate race against time, can stop his protege from becoming the perfect criminal for the Sisters' perfect crime.
Shining with brilliance of phrase, cleverness of plotting, and masterful characterization, The Sisters is more than an espionage novel -- it is a riveting blend of fact and fiction, a multi-level tale of political intrigue with an impact that will linger.
Condition: Used. Hardcover. Dust cover. Pages may be tanning and discolored from age. Previous owner's "Library Of" stamp is on the front endpaper. Dust cover and dust cover flaps are tanning and discolored from age and show a bit of edge wear.
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