With the publication of his New York Times bestseller The Company, Robert Littell reestablished his position as one of the top writers of intelligent, ironic, and always entertaining espionage thrillers. After many years The Debriefing is finally available again as Overlook brings back Littell’s classics. From the secret meeting rooms of Washington to the interrogation chambers of the KGB, The Debriefing is a novel of exquisite suspense and dazzlingly tense drama. Stone is the Head of an elite arm of the Joint Chiefs of Staff—and a master of the sophisticated art of debriefing. When Oleg Kulakov defects from Russia, handcuffed to a sealed diplomatic pouch, it's Stone's job to find out if he's genuine. He uncovers Kulakov’s every secret, probes the darkest reaches of Kulakov’s heart, and penetrates Russia itself to learn the chilling truth—a truth that tears his own world apart.
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About the Author
<strong>Robert Littell</strong>'s novels include the New York Times bestseller The Company, The October Circle, Mother Russia, The Amateur, The Once and Future Spy, An Agent in Place, The Visiting Professor, and Walking Back the Cat. A former Newsweek journalist, he is an American currently living in France.
Date of Birth:January 8, 1935
Place of Birth:Brooklyn, New York
Education:B.A., Alfred University, 1956
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This is a great little Spy vs. Spy caper with several quirky characters thrown in for some comic relief (often with a dark edge). Amercian penetration-agent-in-training is chosen to debrief Soviet courier Oleg Kulakov who has defected with a briefcase of diplomatic bag correspondence incl. military secrets and private inter-embassy mail. Kulakov's story is perfect. Perhaps too perfect? After losing almost all of his family to one circumstance or another Kulakov has defected when given the opportunity of a courier delivery to Cairo. Stone goes into Soviet Russia with deep cover to try and get to the source of all of Kulakov's misfortunes. He'll get there, but at what cost?Colourful characters abound, such as Stone's girlfiriend Thro, who has a knack for predicting different ways the world will end, and Morning Stalin, an ex-Stalin impersonator, now retired, who was the dictator's morning replacement at social functions when the old tyrant himself couldn't be bothered to get up or make an appearance.I'll confess that I missed out on Littell's books in the first go-around as I was too caught up with Le Carre & Deighton at the time. I 've discovered Littell late after reading his son's The Kindly Ones and then his own latest The Stalin Epigram (about the poet Mandelstam, who also makes a brief appearance in The Debriefing) and I'm having a lot of fun going back to find Littell Sr.'s earlier books.