Last Call for Blackford Oakes (Blackford Oakes Mysteries)

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More than twenty years ago William F. Buckley Jr. launched the dashing character of Blackford Oakes like a missile over the literary landscape. This newly minted CIA agent-brainy, bold, and complex-began his career by saving the queen of England and quickly took his place in the pantheon of master spies drawn up by Somerset Maugham, Graham Greene, and John le Carré.

Against the backdrop of sinister Cold War intrigue, in this, his eleventh outing, Oakes crosses paths-and swords-with Kim Philby, perhaps the highest-ranking in the parade of defectors to the Soviet Union. Oakes is now himself a master spy, working outside of the agency and around agency rules. His romance with an able and worldly Soviet doctor provides consolation for the death of his beloved Sally. But after his return to Washington, he receives dismaying news. It is inevitable that the great Soviet spy and the renowned American agent will meet again-this time with deadly consequences.

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Published in hardcover by Harcourt, 2005, 0-15-101085-4

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"A startlingly real picture of the Soviet Union before its implosion. We learn how we ultimately won the Cold War--yet how close we came to losing it." -- Forbes
 More than twenty years ago, William F. Buckley Jr. launched the dashing character of Blackford Oakes like a missile over the literary landscape. This newly minted CIA agent--brainy, bold, and complex--began his career by saving the queen of England and quickly took his place in the pantheon of master spies.
Against the backdrop of sinister Cold War intrigue, Oakes crosses paths with Kim Philby, perhaps the highest-ranking in the parade of defectors to the Soviet Union. Oakes is now himself a master spy, working out of the agency and around agency rules. But after his return to Washington he receives dismaying news, and it is inevitable that the great Soviet spy and the renowned American agent will meet again--this time, with deadly consequences.
 William F. Buckley, Jr. is the founder of National Review and was the host of Firing Line, one of television's longest-running programs. The author of seventeen other novels, including Who's on First; Marco Polo, If You Can; and High Jinx, he lives in Connecticut.

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