The Good Assassin

The Good Assassin

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Former CIA Agent George Mueller arrives in Havana in August 1958--the last months before the fall of Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista--to look into the activities of Toby Graham, a CIA officer suspected of harboring sympathies for the rebel forces fighting the unpopular Batista regime. Mueller knew Graham as an undergraduate and later they were colleagues in Berlin fighting the Soviet NKVD. Under the guise of their long acquaintance Mueller is recruited to vet rumors that Graham is putting weapons, covertly provided by the CIA to Batista, into the hands of Castro's forces. Public exposure of the CIA weapons mission, and the activity of one rogue agent, threaten to embarrass the agency. Mueller uncovers a world of deceit as the FBI, CIA, and State Department compete to influence the outcome of the revolution in the face of the brutal dictatorship's imminent collapse. Graham, meanwhile, is troubled by the hypocrisy of a bankrupt US foreign policy, and has fallen in love with a married American woman, Liz Malone.
Publisher: New York : Atria/Emily Bestler Books, 2017
Edition: First Emily Bestler BooksAtria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501110429
Characteristics: 275 pages ; 23 cm


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Feb 10, 2018

Average at best, imo. Very misleading description as it makes it sound as if it's about spying and intrigue but is really about the relationships between the 4 main characters. Not the most exciting read and it's very predictable, nothing keeps you guessing. Plus a supporting character's part in the story is wrapped up in a very unbelievable and coincidental way, which would be bad enough, but then it ties in to the fate of a main character and makes the entire ending of the story more than a bit ridiculous and convenient. It's almost as if the writer couldn't figure out a believable way to tie everything together and wrap up the story so he just slapped something together without any thought as to how ridiculous it was. Definitely a book you can overlook unless there's nothing else around to read.


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