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THE Last Good German

THE Last Good German

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By (author) Bill Granger

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  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
  • Format: Hardback | 214 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 16mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 1 June 1992
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0446515523
  • ISBN 13: 9780446515528
  • Sales rank: 1,549,775

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When East German Stasi terrorist Kurt Heinemann plans to steal a supersecret Japanese code machine and use it to maneuver the Japanese, Russians, and Americans into a global conflict, Devereaux, the November Man, must stop him.

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An award-winning novelist and reporter, Bill Granger began his literary career in 1979 with Code Name November (first published as The November Man), the book that became an international sensation and introduced the cool American spy who later gave rise to a whole series. His second novel, Public Murders, a Chicago police procedural, won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America in 1981.In all, Bill Granger published twenty-two novels, including thirteen in the November Man series, and three nonfiction books. His books have been translated into ten languages. He also wrote for the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, Newsday, Time, and The New Republic, contributing articles about crime, cops, politics, and covering such events as the race riots of the late 1960's and the 1968 Democratic Convention. Bill Granger passed away in 2012.

Editorial reviews

Granger's November Man (League of Terror, 1990, etc.) returns to tangle with an unreconstructed, East German spymaster and with his own thoroughly unpleasant boss. In 1976, American intelligence agent Deveraux - who speaks in Hemingway, has no first name, and goes by the code name November at his intelligence agency - follows his creepy superior officer's orders to meet and debrief treacherous East German agent Kurt Heinemann in Europe. Heinemann has been targeted by Israel's Mossad because of his connections to the Olympic massacre and his willingness to deal with the Americans. The meet begins with a rendezvous with Heinemann's teenage sister, whose neuroses include galloping nymphomania, and ends with Heinemann's bullet in Deveraux's chest. Fifteen years later, Heinemann has to bail out of united Germany. Deveraux, out of the service on disability, is ordered to abandon his reporter girlfriend Rita and return to duty. Shadowy, international spies for hire have been sniffing around a supersecret Japanese supercomputer-encoder, and Pendleton, the evil boas, wants Deveraux involved. Wheels whir within wheels. Pendleton is maneuvering Heinemann at the same time that he manages Deveraux. Deveraux works through a mysterious Irishman, Heinemann is working a Russian turncoat. The CIA seems to know nothing. The Japanese mafia is everywhere. Rita, the reporter who was supposed to be out of it, is in the thick of it. Millions of dollars hop in and out of Swiss accounts. Grindingly complex. Readers who fail to follow the intricacies are likely to find themselves getting irritated at the literary mannerisms peculiar to this series. (Kirkus Reviews)