Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Double Game by Dan Fesperman

The Double Game (edition 2012)

by Dan Fesperman

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
977124,414 (3.35)4
Title:The Double Game
Authors:Dan Fesperman
Info:Knopf (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 368 pages
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned
Tags:cold war, spy fiction books as clues, Vienna/Prague/Budapest

Work details

The Double Game by Dan Fesperman



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 4 mentions

Showing 1-5 of 7 (next | show all)

Interesting and entertaining in parts but overall, the attempt to intertwine actual novels within a novel and to create reality from fiction doesn't work in this book. It just seems contrived and nerdy - like the spy novel equivalent of a dungeons and dragons convention. Not a bad book but just not well executed in plot and approach. ( )
  lincolnpan | Dec 31, 2014 |
Was okay, but didn't hold my interest. I'll pick it up at a later time. ( )
  autumnturner76 | Sep 22, 2014 |
The first half of this audacious book was entertaining and intriguing. I didn't find the second half quite as charming, but I was still happy to see how it all played out. Fesperman gave himself quite the writing challenge, and I appreciate how cleverly he tried to meet it. ( )
  eapalmer | Jan 19, 2014 |
Was okay, but didn't hold my interest. I'll pick it up at a later time. ( )
  AutumnTurner | Dec 29, 2013 |
Recall every espionage novel you have ever read; chance are, it will be cited here, or quoted, or used as part of a code. An amateur is recruited into a Cold War mystery that has lingered for decades. Will he be able to solve what professional operatives could not? Will he be able to overcome a personal defeat that forced him to become an amoral public relations flack rather than a respected journalist? Every character has a back story and frequently that means that the hero cannot trust them. So he's thrust upon relying on his own book-learned spying skills and moves from Vienna to Prague and on to Budapest seeking answers to whether the author he loves the most was, in fact, a genuine double agent working for both the CIA and KGB. He might have even been a "double cubed," that is, a double-double. It is overly complicated and there is far to much cerebral assessment and far too few moral choices. Fesperman has read all the sources but he does not have their skill in combining both the heart and mind to create genuine passion--as well as making the reader fidgety with anxiety. ( )
  neddludd | Dec 16, 2013 |
Showing 1-5 of 7 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
The Great Man himself was waiting for me on the phone.
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0307700135, Hardcover)

Amazon Best Books of the Month, August 2012: The Double Game begins as a playful spy caper within a spy caper, in which clues to a mystery are found in the pages and plots of old spy novels. Okay, clever enough. But the story quickly becomes more refreshingly and unexpectedly mysterious with each turn of the page, and I realized that Fesperman has achieved something remarkable here. He’s turned the spy novel on its head, while paying homage to the genre, and at the same time giving us an unlikely protagonist who discovers that he’s lived his entire life in a world “where fact and fiction were virtually indistinguishable.” Innovative and evocative. --Neal Thompson

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:43 -0400)

A thrillingly inventive novel about spies and their secrets, fathers and sons, lovers and fate, and duplicity and loyalty - a maze of intrigue built from the espionage classics of the Cold War. A few years before the fall of the Berlin Wall, spook-turned-novelist Edwin Lemaster reveals to up-and-coming journalist Bill Cage that he'd once considered spying for the enemy. More than two decades later, Cage, by then a lonely, disillusioned PR man, receives an anonymous note hinting that he should have dug deeper. A novel with references throughout to famous spy novels.… (more)

(summary from another edition)

» see all 5 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
61 wanted2 pay9 pay

Popular covers


Average: (3.35)
1 1
2 4
2.5 1
3 8
3.5 7
4 9
4.5 1
5 2

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Store | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 99,076,517 books! | Top bar: Always visible