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The Double Game by Dan Fesperman
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Unlikely Spy

Bill Cage has read all the espionage books. He grew up in Europe during the height of the cold war with his diplomat father so he’s not a foreigner to the concept of ‘tradecraft’ or the techniques of spying though he’s never seriously used them…..until now. After living in the States for most of his adult life he finds himself caught up in a return to Europe on a secret mission. He joins the chase partly for excitement, a little out of curiosity but mostly as a bid for redemption. As a young journalist he ‘sold out’ one of his writing idols who was also an old friend of his father. This might be his chance to assuage his guilt. Was his father involved with the CIA during the cold war? Was he merely a courier or was he a spy and more pressing did he use his young son, to run missions? In Europe Bill re-attaches to an old friend, visits some of his old haunts, and visits with his now retired father. As he chases from one clue to another things begin to heat up and become more dangerous. His mission isn’t a lark anymore.

Bill’s personal spy adventure is interesting though not thrilling. In my opinion the best part of “Double Game’ is the bibliophile tie-in. Fesperman taunts his readers with clues taken from the pages of spy novels….literally. I felt queasy a few times knowing these clues were ripped from first editions! “Double Game” isn’t for the faint hearted bibliophile. It’s part of the charm of this book that readers are invited to use their spy lit knowledge as we follow our hero from one old world antiquarian bookshop to another. There’s even an extensive bibliography included in the back of the book. I can’t help wishing the adventure story had been more compelling however.

This review is based on an e-galley supplied by the publisher.
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Ms.pegasus Nice assessment -- especially regarding Bill Cage's motive for embarking on this chase, and noting the real center of interest, the clever bibliophile tie-in.


Cynthia Thanks. I had such high hopes for this book.....


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