The Amateur

The Amateur

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A spy thriller classic from the author of "The Company"
Before Robert Littell vaulted onto the bestseller lists with "The Company, The Amateur," which has been long out of print, established him as a contemporary master of the espionage thriller. In this sleek and murderous novel, Charlie Heller is an ace cryptographer for the CIA, a quiet man in a quiet back-office job. But when his fiancee is murdered by terrorists and the Agency decides not to pursue her killers, Heller takes matters into his own hands. The fact that he is an amateur makes him all the more dangerous. Mind-blowing in its intelligence, pulse-pounding in its suspense, "The Amateur" is a stunner."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 252 pages
  • 137.16 x 213.36 x 17.78mm | 158.76g
  • Penguin Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0143038141
  • 9780143038146
  • 797,654

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A taut, chilling plot and a protagonist as memorable as one of Len Deighton's, or le Carr?'s Smiley. ("The New York Times Book Review")
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About Robert Littell

Robert Littell was born, raised, and educated in New York. A former "Newsweek" editor specializing in Soviet affairs, he left journalism in 1970 to write fiction full time. Connoisseurs of the spy novel have elevated Robert Littell to the genre's highest ranks, and Tom Clancy wrote that if Robert Littell didn t invent the spy novel, he should have. He is the author of fifteen novels, including the "New York Times" bestseller "The Company and Legends," the 2005 "L.A. Times" Book Award for Best Thriller/Mystery. He currently lives in France."
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622 ratings
3.63 out of 5 stars
5 16% (101)
4 41% (252)
3 34% (214)
2 8% (49)
1 1% (6)
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