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Author: Charles McCarry Narrator: Christopher Cazenove, Stephen Hoye, Moira Quirk Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Paul Christopher Novels Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781481580663
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The Miernik Dossier is the dazzling first novel, recently reissued, by master spy novelist Charles McCarry. In this riveting, imaginative tale, five international agents embark on a road trip in a Cadillac from Switzerland to the Sudan. Among them are Paul Christopher, an American operative; Kalash el Khatar, the seven-foot-tall Muslim prince; Ilona Bentley, the beautiful half-English, half-Hungarian girlfriend of the British national, Nigel Collins; and Tadeusz Miernik, the shy and bumbling Polish scientist who might be the leader of a terror force that could set the Cold War aflame.

Related as a collection of dossier notes written by the five characters, the novel reveals a complicated web in which each spins his or her own deception: each is a spider, and each a spy. The Miernik Dossier is an absolute masterpiece.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The most intelligent and enthralling piece of work I have read for a very long time.”

    Eric Ambler

  •  “Charles McCarry is the best modern writer on the subject of intrigue.”

    P. J. O’Rourke

  • “There is no better American spy novelist.”


  •  “True entertainment…has throughout the crystal ring of truth…Intelligent, absorbing.”

    New Yorker

  • “The narration is authentic, professional, and dramatic.”


  • “The Miernik arguably the finest modern American spy story, the only one that matches the leading British masters of the genre in subtlety and ingenuity.”

    New York Times

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lou | 1/19/2011

    " I love McCarry's writing and this one does not disappoint. The road trip depicted in this book starts in Europe and end up in North Africa. Quite a strange cast of characters each spying on each other. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 9/20/2010

    " First in McCarry's famous Paul Christopher series. Pretty much an outlier in the series.

    The car trip part of the plot seemed far fetched and the use of field reports, interviews, telexes, and letters to tell the story was an interesting idea but didn't always work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 8/25/2010

    " Recommended by Mike Stax. Told in epistolary form. Works well enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 7/28/2010

    " The Miernik dossier by Charles McCarry (2005) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 6/24/2010

    " A great spy writer. One of the best spy books I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mk100 | 11/28/2009

    " This is the first and my least favorite of the Paul Christopher novels. It is told in the form of dispatches and reprots. But it does set the table for the later novels. Strictly speaking, one doesn't need to read this novel to understand the others, but it doesn't hurt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Austin | 1/10/2009

    " Fairly good read. Not the most elaborate spy novel ever, but decent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 11/26/2008

    " Makes le Carre seem like a writer for a "True Romance" magazine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fran | 12/28/2007

    " I loved all of the McCarry books that have Paul Christopher as his protagonist. Really wonderful. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cindy | 9/3/2007

    " could not get into this book at all. Not written like a narrative but a set of dossiers "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 The | 4/16/2007

    " The book is written as a series of field reports about a Polish national who may be a spy. Good character development and great descriptions of Cold War Europe. One of the best in its genre. "

About the Author

Charles McCarry is the author of ten critically acclaimed novels and nine nonfiction books. He is a former editor-at-large of National Geographic and has contributed dozens of articles, short stories, and poems to leading national magazines. His op-ed pieces and other essays have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. For ten years he served under deep cover as a CIA operations officer.

About the Narrators

Christopher Cazenove (1943–2010), one of England’s finest actors, starred on stage and television in the United States and Great Britain. His motion-picture credits include A Knight’s Tale, Eye of the Needle, Children of the Full Moon, and Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill. He played Ben Carrington on television’s Dynasty.

Stephen Hoye has worked as a professional actor in London and Los Angeles for more than thirty years. Trained at Boston University and the Guildhall in London, he has acted in television series and six feature films and has appeared in London’s West End. His audiobook narration has won him fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards.

Moira Quirk, a British actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator, co-narrated Ben Bova’s Mercury and has narrated other popular audiobooks for which she received Audie Award nominations. She is a successful comedian and can be heard on Nickelodeon’s cartoon My Life as a Teenage Robot as well as in The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd, The Wild Thornberrys Feature, and Serendipity, among others. She has also lent her voice to several video games, including Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction and Haunting Ground.