Book of the Week: The Secret Lovers by Charles McCarry

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A nervous courier delivers the handwritten manuscript of a Russian dissident’s novel to American agent Paul Christopher early one morning in West Berlin; minutes later the courier is killed in a mysterious hit-and-run accident with a passing car.

Meanwhile, in Rome, Christopher’s wife Cathy takes a lover in an attempt to stir her husband’s stoicism.

These two seemingly discrete events set in motion a spiral of operational and personal intrigue that leads Christopher from Europe to Africa as he secretly arranges the publication of a book that could bring the Soviet system to its knees, and races to identify the leak that compromised his messenger – and possibly the entire mission.

A great read for fans of John Le Carre.