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Publisher's Summary

Spun with unsettling plausibility from the events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and featuring secret agent Paul Christopher, The Tears of Autumn is a tour de force of action and enigma. Christopher, at the height of his powers, believes he knows who arranged the assassination and why. His theory is so destructive of the legend of the dead president, though, and so dangerous to the survival of foreign policy, that he is ordered to desist from investigating. But Christopher is a man who lives by, and for, the truth, and his internal compunctions force him to the heart of the matter.
The Tears of Autumn is an incisive study of power and a brilliant commentary on the force of illusion, the grip of superstition, and the overwhelming strength of blood and family in the affairs of a nation.
©1974 Charles McCarry (P)2005 Blackstone Audio Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Charles McCarry...resides in the upper echelon of spy fiction's Mount Olympus." (Boston Globe)
"Fascinating, entirely credible....This political thriller catches the reader and commands him to finish." (Peter Benchley)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Richard on 08-03-06

Read Me First

Of the three McCarrys currently available at Audible, this is the one to try first. The engrossing "could have been" explanation for the Kennedy assassination is developed with sufficient plausibility and with enough respect for the events and circumstances of that place and time that it requires no suspension of disbelief to allow you to be drawn into the story.

If you find you enjoy McCarry's literate and absorbing style as much as I do, your next stop should be "The Last Supper," which wraps up details from "The Tears of Autumn" and has an historical sweep that reminds me of Littell's "The Company."

In my opinion, you should let "The Miernik Dossier" round out your reading of the three McCarrys. Although it was the author's first novel, it uses a challenging multiple point-of-view technique that is much easier to deal with after you've been introduced to protagonist Paul Christopher's world in a more traditional fashion.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Blakely on 06-27-08

It must be me

I couldn't get through it though I forced myself to endure the endless drone. I thought suspense novels were supposed to make you want to turn the page to find out what is going to happen next or to uncover another clue. This book just goes on and on endlessly without suspense. This book makes reading the crime beat or arest records in the newspapaper exciting.

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