The Defection of A.J. Lewinter

  • by Robert Littell
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Before there was The Company, Robert Littell made a name for himself with The Defection of A.J. Lewinter. Lewinter is an American scientist, for years an insignificant cog in America's complex defense machinery. While at an academic conference in Tokyo, Lewinter contacts the KGB station chief and says he wants to defect. He tantalizes the Russians with U.S. military secrets he claims to possess, but is his defection genuine? Neither the Russians nor the Americans are sure and Lewinter is swept up in a terrifying political chess match of deceit and treachery.Each side struggles to anticipate its opponent's next move and the superpowers are locked in a deadly contest that exploits friendships, destroys loyalties, and manipulates human beings as expendable pawns.


What the Critics Say

"A perfect little gem, the best Cold War thriller I've read in years." (The New York Times)
"Concise, smart and funny, this novel turns Cold War spy cliches on their head." (Publishers Weekly)
"Littell deserves his comparisons with Deighton and le Carre." (The Times, London)


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The Defection of A.J. Lewinter

I found this book to be very slow moving and unsatisfying. The "central" character, A.J. Lewinter, turns out to be a bit player in this imitation melodrama. We never really find out from him why he defected, but only get speculation from the "spooks" on both sides as to why Lewinter traded sides. Since the book never really grabbed me, I had to force myself to continue listening. Then when the book ended, I said " . . . that's it?" Save your money and your time: choose something else to read/listen.
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- Michael Koscielski

What a bore!

I bought this book after having listened to the Company and becoming a huge Robert Littell fan....bad choice. Some of his other works are ok, but this one was boring. I would set it to play and fall asleep to it at night. I had no concerns or cares for the characters and only looked forward to the ending, which I don't even remember. If you liked The Company....STOP NOW. It's a great book and he's not come out with anything to match it...if you're desparate for more from him, read The Sisters...but I strongly advise not listening to this particular droning epic.
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- Jane

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-03-2003
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books