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Sleeper Spy

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A master sleeper spy, assimilated into American life for twenty years, has been made operative and given control of the vast financial assets of the old KGB - and has disappeared with the fortune. His reputation is deadly, and his manipulation of enormous wealth begins to alter the world's political and financial structure. Although the old KGB has been dismantled, new KGB ...more
Paperback, 406 pages
Published April 15th 1997 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 1995)
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Feb 19, 2011 rated it liked it
I've been a fan of William Safire for a long time but never read one of his novels (I mainly know him through the column he wrote in the NYT Sunday Magazine and his tv appearances). This spy story was reminiscent of vintage John Le Carre--the old Smiley stories It was every bit as confusing and engaging as Le Carre, but upon reflection, I think expected a bit more from Safire.

I enjoyed it immensely, but to say it was spy vs. spy is an understatement. There were layers and layers of deception and
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: spies
Good story but too complicated to be enjoyable
Andrew Leuper
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well, William Safire died so it 19s time to start reading his books. I started with his fiction although I am more eagerly anticipating his non-fiction, renowned wordsmith that he is. Wow, what a great novel! Characters, plot and details, details details about spooks, book publicists/agents, investigative reporting, Current Russian culture, politics, economics, power plays. How to pose, how to recognize a pose, how to interrogate, how to defend against interrogation. And great prose, as in, 1CCl ...more
Apr 06, 2014 added it
It was interesting. Not great, but good for trying something outside of my usual genre. I got confused a lot, because economics is not my strong suit. Even the explanations left me still a little confused. But I expanded my repertoire, so there's a positive.
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Just shaking my head. Glad it's over. Expected better. Convoluted - too many pages that I had to re-read several times to be sure I was tracking.
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
Great spy novel, almost more twists and turns than I could keep up with. Great ending.
Bob Lambert
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Interesting spy novel by an author with great command of the English language.
Ching Borres
Sep 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
The story is about a mole planted in NY, the twist is nice. I like the character of Viveca Farr here..
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William Lewis Safire was an American author, columnist, journalist and presidential speechwriter.

He was perhaps best known as a long-time syndicated political columnist for the New York Times and a regular contributor to "On Language" in the New York Times Magazine, a column on popular etymology, new or unusual usages, and other language-related topics.
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