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Well-Mannered Assassin

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  157 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
After three thrilling memoirs, America's glamorous secret agent gives us a novel of international intrigue and terror so rich in detail that only someone who had lived through such dangers could have imagined it. In her fourth book, Aline Romanones, American beauty, Spanish socialite, devoted mother, and spy, makes her first foray into the world of fiction. Drawing on some ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 4th 1994 by Putnam Adult (first published January 3rd 1994)
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Amloid Mesa
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too slow so far
Susan
After three thrilling memoirs, America's glamorous secret agent gives us a novel of international intrigue and terror so rich in detail that only someone who had lived through such dangers could have imagined it. In her fourth book, Aline Romanones, American beauty, Spanish socialite, devoted mother, and spy, makes her first foray into the world of fiction. Drawing on some of her most frightening moments as an undercover agent, as well as her unique channels of information, the Countess crafts a ...more
Sheree
Jul 20, 2009 Sheree rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anybody
Recommended to Sheree by: A dear friend
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Mary
Feb 04, 2009 Mary rated it it was amazing
Of her four spy novels, this one is written as fiction, although it is based on facts. The character she writes about is Carlos, the Jackal, "the most feared terrorist and assassin in the world". He is also the subject of Ken Follett's famous book, and appears as the killer in The Pelican Brief by John Grisham, and is a character in The French Connection. I read this again a year or so ago, and intend to read it again, now that I'm reminded of it. All her books are permanent fixtures on my bookc ...more
Wendy
May 31, 2011 Wendy rated it liked it
Novel by the author of 'The Spy wore Red'. Told from the 1st person, as if these experiences happened to her (Aline). Better written than her "real-life" tales. But, some of the characters were confusing and I wasn't as satisfied with the ending. The final "episode" seemed to come from nowhere and try to tie too many things up at once.
Annette
Apr 15, 2016 Annette rated it it was amazing
Ok so amazing Terrorism insight! And the story is true and so recent! Europe, Russia ect!! Can't decide which of her 4 books I like the most. They are each Separated by about 20 years. I love them all and understanding High Society and from a spy that was friends with Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy!!!! Read them for a fun informative time!
Roberta
Jun 27, 2012 Roberta rated it liked it
The fourth of her spy books and the only one that she admits is fiction only because she says that Carlos the Jackal is still alive. So what is he going to do? Sue her for defamation of character? Anyway, it was an interesting read just like the first three whether it is true or not.
Catrina
May 04, 2016 Catrina rated it it was amazing
I love the way this novel portrayed Carlos the Jackal instead of as a murderous mastermind he is a well liked playboy. I recommend this to anyone who likes intrigue. I will read this book again it was that good.
Maki
Feb 22, 2011 Maki rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite, spy-books
I didn't know till 2008 about this final sequal. This book is half tru, half made-up, but still great spy book. She did meet the Carlos the Jackal in person.......
Nfreynolds
Jul 16, 2016 Nfreynolds rated it liked it
Her first work of fiction. The ending is not believable, more like a Hollywood movie sensational ending. Not nearly as good as her "Spy" series, which are based on her life.
Katie Browning
Aug 13, 2013 Katie Browning rated it it was amazing
I loved the Well-Mannered Assassin and thought it was much better than Aline's second book. It kept me on my toes and was a fun read!
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Sep 08, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it
Very brave lady, I guess this is based on her true spying experiences! Wow.
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Doña María Aline Griffith Dexter, Countess of Romanones, Grandee of Spain (born Pearl River, NY, 1923) is an American married to a Spanish aristocrat, socialite, writer and spy. She married the Count of Quintanilla in 1947 and they later became the Count and Countess of Romanones.

Aline was born in 1923 in New York, was working as a model when she was recruited to become an OSS agent in Spain wher
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