The Amateur

Paperback | July 31, 2007

byRobert Littell

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A spy thriller classic from the author of The Company

Before Robert Littell vaulted onto the bestseller lists with The Company, The Amateur, which has been long out of print, established him as a contemporary master of the espionage thriller. In this sleek and murderous novel, Charlie Heller is an ace cryptographer for the CIA, a quiet man in a quiet back-office job. But when his fiancée is murdered by terrorists and the Agency decides not to pursue her killers, Heller takes matters into his own hands. The fact that he is an amateur makes him all the more dangerous. Mind-blowing in its intelligence, pulse-pounding in its suspense, The Amateur is a stunner.

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A spy thriller classic from the author of The Company Before Robert Littell vaulted onto the bestseller lists with The Company, The Amateur, which has been long out of print, established him as a contemporary master of the espionage thriller. In this sleek and murderous novel, Charlie Heller is an ace cryptographer for the CIA, a quie...

Robert Littell was born, raised, and educated in New York. A former Newsweek editor specializing in Soviet affairs, he left journalism in 1970 to write fiction full time. Connoisseurs of the spy novel have elevated Robert Littell to the genre's highest ranks, and Tom Clancy wrote that “if Robert Littell didn’t invent the spy novel, h...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.32 × 5.5 × 0.57 inPublished:July 31, 2007Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143038141

ISBN - 13:9780143038146

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A first rate thriller . . . Littell is a terrific writer. (Chicago Tribune)

A taut, chilling plot and a protagonist as memorable as one of Len DeightonÆs, or le CarrTÆs Smiley. (The New York Times Book Review)

One of the best . . . a thoroughly professional and surprise-filled work. (Los Angeles Times)