The Well-Mannered Assassin (Library Edition)

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9780786116638: The Well-Mannered Assassin (Library Edition)

From the hand of a real-life model-turned-spy comes this thrilling novel of suspense based on the true intrigues of Carlos the Jackal. One of the most infamous names in the history of espionage, the former model Carlos eluded his enemies for decades--until his recent arrest made headlines across the world. This exciting fictional account reveals the insidious methods and brilliant genius behind his international maneuvers. It is the story of a man whose smooth, cultured charm hides a secret identity and a shattering plot ... and the one woman who discovers he is actually the notorious Carlos the Jackal. The inspiration for the Countess of Romanones' novel was her own actual meeting with Carlos the Jackal in 1977, as well as her experience as a consultant with a wide variety of world specialists on international terrorism.

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Susan O'Malley (a.k.a. Bernadette Dunne) is the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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In real life, American-born Aline, Countess of Romanones (The Spy Wore Silk, 1991, etc.) intended to retire from espionage following her marriage into the Spanish aristocracy after WW II. Aline has fictionalized this tale, which is based upon her experience, combining fabricated names and circumstances with actual characters, including herself. In 1977, this fictional Aline is reenlisted by John Derby, her CIA spymaster, to identify a Spanish shipping company that's transporting high-tech weaponry to Arab countries. Although an experienced spy, she is first a countess: At a lavish German wedding, it is impossible to rush to Derby to exchange information, because their places in protocol are not near each other. At a Malaga bullfight, she spots a merciless terrorist (Carlos the Jackal), is frightened, but then relaxes to enjoy the show. Her perspective on danger is puzzling: She describes a butler-led walk down an unlit hallway of a palace as an almost treacherous, suffocating experience but later calmly details her participation in a midnight rescue of a damsel in distress from a fortified estate, in which three rescuers scuba dive onto the beach, outwit the sophisticated security, and discover all of the smugglers, bringing the mystery to an explosive end. The hybrid of fact and fiction raises some confusion: At what point does Aline stray from the true story and embellish? Has she really been exposed to so much danger? Did the Duchess of Windsor really adore her? She drops names the way terrorists drop bombs, but her social duties do seem to land her in the midst of intrigue. The demarcation between truth and fantasy is unclear, but Aline's life is a fairy tale anyway, and she is as eager to show off her glamorous world as she is to create a credible thriller. (Literary Guild alternate selection) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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