John Griffiths The Last Spy

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The Last Spy

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A powerful group of hidden men in Washington try to maintain their personal sense of significance by creating a phony crisis that might prompt a return to the Cold War.

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Soviet neo-Stalinists and a couple of highly placed Americans have one last go at preserving the cold war before democracy ruins everything--in another smart thriller by the author of The Good Spy (1990), etc. Henry Kissinger won't like this one. The ex-academic, former secretary of state, heavy-handed skirt-chaser with the oversized noggin and impenetrable accent is one of the bad guys seizing the final minutes of the Gorbachev reign as the last opportunity to put the deep chill back into international relations before the cold warriors and think-tankers lose their meal tickets forever. The masterminds in this plot to undo the peace wrought by the man they call ``Blotface'' are Politburo members and KGB types who plan to activate Adam Kalugin, a long-buried operative in London, and use him to stir up trouble in the Ukraine. Kalugin is supposed to rouse the little band of Ukrainian expatriates to action and, with technical and financial assistance believed to be from the CIA, return to the homeland to foment unrest, creating an excuse for Moscow to crack down, derailing the peace movement for the rest of the century. But Kalugin, who was tops in his KGB cadet class, is not a complete company man. His paramount goal is not to serve the state but to revenge himself on the KGB officer who drove his sister to suicide. A further destabilizing factor: As a healthy young male, Kalugin is susceptible to the attractions of a lovely, ideologically unattached American in the employ of the mischievous think tank. And then there's the problem of Mr. Pickett, an honest American intelligence officer who shares Kalugin's taste in political scientists and who has picked up the false notes in Kalugin's legend. He threatens to undo all the bad work. Griffiths may have overdrawn the villains, but his young lovers and hopelessly brash Ukrainians are immensely attractive. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

From Publishers Weekly:

In 1990, KGB and CIA brass conspire to stage a crisis that will save their jobs by re-creating the paranoia of the Cold War. The plan depends on a group of London-based Ukrainian exiles, the Knights of Vladimir, whose suicidal zeal for a free Ukraine is the pawn in the plot. But just as the CIA doesn't know that one knight, Adam Kalugin, is a KGB double agent, the KGB doesn't know of its double agent's growing ties to one Chance Davenport, a beautiful and fiercely independent operative in a CIA-controlled think tank. As these two overcome the doublethink and doubt essential for espionage but fatal to love, they discover the monumental fraud planned by their separate employers and must act to prevent it. Griffiths's spies are resourceful, able to recast complex scenarios from scraps of information in glib innuendo. Griffiths lets the reader enjoy the thought processes as his ace strategists plot their next move of controlled aggression. Their work is the violence of the mind--a kind of violence, this book reminds us, that may be coming to an end. Still, one hopes that the end of the Cold War does not mean the end of such grandmasterly mental chesswork, but that Griffiths ( The Memory Man and A Loyal and Dedicated Servant ) will continue to craft intelligence novels that, like this one, race with intelligence.
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