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The Amateur (original 1981; edition 2003)
The Amateur by Robert Littell (1981)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0143038141, Paperback)
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.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:59 -0400)
In this thriller, Charlie Heller is an ace cryptographer for the Company. He's a quiet man with a quiet job in a back office. But when terrorists shoot his fiancee in cold blood and Heller learns that the Agency has decided not to pursue them, his life takes an abrupt turn.
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