Le Fil Rouge
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Le Fil Rouge

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Parsifal, virtuose du K.G.B., tueur à gages infiltré aux États-Unis, «hiberne» ; il attend les ordres.
Finn, l'ancien météorologiste des Forces spéciales américaines, esquinté par la guerre du Golfe, veut repartir de zéro, prendre le large. Le fil rouge court entre espionnage, thriller et western. Expert en détournements, Robert Littell, le John Le Carré américain, réactiv...more
Published May 1st 2001 by Gallimard Education (first published May 1st 1997)
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Marvelous post-Cold War spy thriller about Finn, an Iraq 1 veteran whose hot air balloon lands in an Indian reservation and Parsifal, a long-dormant Soviet assassin revived for a new series of wetwork operations. Someone is shaking down the Indian's casino and anyone who tries to do anything about it meets with an accident. Finn looks into the shakedown and Parsifal receives instructions to off him. But why is a Soviet agent doing hits for what appears to be a Mafia operation?

Littell has been c...more
With a 3-star review, I would put this as "very good" and also in Graham Greene's "an entertainment" category: not too heavy, but well written and very chewable. Like spy/espionage thrillers? CIA yarns?? Dig it. This time, Robert Littell uses a seemingly unlikely recipe to concoct a quick-moving blast of post-cold war ink-and-paper cinema. Here he uses:

A KGB wet-work team and hit-man
A discharged Gulf War vet
A hot-air balloon (that's right, a dirigible!)
An indian reservation

Sounds weird, right?...more
Robert Farwell
There is nothing straightforward about Littell's spy stories. I don't think I'd want them any other way. It was a little predictable and the characters were almost cliched, but the story was fresh, addictive and enjoyable.
Amy Pelletier
I couldn't finish it. The two main characters are trying to find out who sent one of them to kill the other, and I just didn't care who did it. Oh well, I liked all of the other books of his that I read.
Phil Hodge
I disagree with the NYT comment "the American LaCarre". Littell is FAR better than LaCarre. OK, brand me as a heretic, but I often have trouble finishing LaCarre, while I had trouble putting this down.
Mr. Pe Mr. Pe
this is a great book and i recommend it to everyone
Robert Platter
Very enjoyable, but the ending was a little too smooth.
Kevin Jolly
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An American author residing in France. He specializes in spy novels that often concern the CIA and the Soviet Union. He became a journalist and worked many years for Newsweek during the Cold War. He's also an amateur mountain climber and is the father of award-winning novelist Jonathan Littell.
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