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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (456 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles McCarry Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Paul Christopher Novels Release Date:
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Spun with unsettling plausibility from the events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and featuring secret agent Paul Christopher, The Tears of Autumn is a tour de force of action and enigma.

Christopher, at the height of his powers, believes he knows who arranged the assassination and why. His theory is so destructive of the legend of the dead president, though, and so dangerous to the survival of foreign policy, that he is ordered to desist from investigating. But Christopher is a man who lives by, and for, the truth, and his internal compunctions force him to the heart of the matter. Christopher resigns from the Agency and embarks on a tour of investigation that takes him from Paris to Rome, Zurich, the Congo, and Saigon. Threatened by Kennedy’s assassins and by his own government, Christopher follows the scent of his suspicion—one breath behind the truth, one step ahead of discovery and death.

The Tears of Autumn is an incisive study of power and a brilliant commentary on the force of illusion, the grip of superstition, and the overwhelming strength of blood and family in the affairs of a nation.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fascinating, entirely credible…This political thriller catches the reader and commands him to finish.”

    Peter Benchley, New York Times bestselling author

  • “There is no better American spy novelist. It’s like the best parts of ten John le Carré novels all put together.”


  • “Ranks up there with le Carré in a select class of two.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “McCarry’s masterpiece…would be intriguing even if told in pedestrian prose, but the grace of its writing gives it a special dimension…beautifully written, its conspiracy theory still intrigues and it most assuredly is a classic.”

    Washington Post

  • “Charles McCarry…resides in the upper echelon of spy fiction’s Mount Olympus.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Possibly the greatest espionage novel ever written and certainly the most compelling effort to unravel the many secrets surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy.”

    Otto Penzler, Edgar Award-winning editor and publisher

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by John Treanor | 2/13/2014

    " Enjoyable spy novel. Will look for authors other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mom | 2/7/2014

    " If you want escape, this will do it. Great spy story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steve Woods | 2/6/2014

    " What a great read, positing a Vietnamese plot to kill Kennedy in revenge for the assassination of the Diem's in Saigon 21 days before, in 1963. Really well put together and displaying an insider's knowledge and insight. Very plausible and it really would make a great movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bob | 1/30/2014

    " This is a plausible story of a possible relationship between the assassinations of the presidents of Vietnam and the US. As a Vietnam combat veteran myself, I appreciated McCarry's insights into the history, values and mindset of the Vietnamese - and the arrogance and ignorance of US political leaders at that time. A good read. "

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