Legends: A Novel of Dissimulation

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Is he really Martin Odum? Or is he Dante Pippen, an IRA explosives maven turned CIA agent? Or Lincoln Dittmann, college professor and Civil War expert? Or yet another legend? These men like different foods, speak different languages, are attracted to different women, have different skill sets. Is he suffering from multiple personality disorder, brainwashing, or simply battle fatigue? Is he who he thinks he is, or is he a creation of the Legend Committee at the CIA's Langley headquarters? Can Odum trust the Company psychiatrist assigned to his case? Or the CIA Deputy Director of Operations who is solicitously curious about his condition? Or Stella Kastner, a young Russian woman who engages him to find her brother-in-law so he can give her sister, an Orthodox Jew, a get, a divorce, which under religious law requires the husband's presence? And who is controlling The Oligarkh, a powerful Russian insider with a talent for money and murder? As Martin Odum redeploys his dormant tradecraft skills to solve Stella's case and untangle one true identity from the false ones, he is drawn back into the world he left not remembering quite why, travelling from Hebron to Moscow to London to Prague, under the strains of mortal danger and psychological disorientation. Part Three Faces of Eve, part The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, and pure Robert Littell, Legends, from its unforgettable opening to its astonishing ending, once again proves Littell's unparalleled prowess for seductive storytelling, as he explores the human and clandestine world of secret agents.

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'Legends is everything a good spy novel should be, and much more besides. Warmly recommended' -- Yorkshire Evening Post

‘Littell deserves his comparisons with Deighton and le Carré’ -- The Times

‘Littell is a class act, one for the connoisseur’ -- Guardian

‘Robert Littell has long been among the subtlest of espionage magicians’ -- Sunday Times

About the Author:

Connoisseurs of the literary spy novel have elevated Robert Littell to the genre's highest ranks, along with John le Carre, Len Deighton, and Graham Greene. Littell's novels include New York Times bestseller The Company (published in the UK by Pan Macmillan, translation rights sold in fifteen countries, film rights sold to Columbia Pictures), The Defection of AJ Lewinter (published in hardback by Duckworth), The Once and Future Spy, The Amateur, The Sisters (published in hardback by Duckworth), The October Circle, The Revolutionist, An Agent in Place, Mother Russia, and The Visiting Professor. A former Newsweek journalist, Littell is an American who makes his home in France.

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