Paperback $15.95

Jun 30, 1998 | 384 Pages

Ebook $11.99

Feb 19, 2009 | 384 Pages

  • Paperback $15.95

    Jun 30, 1998 | 384 Pages

  • Ebook $11.99

    Feb 19, 2009 | 384 Pages


“Maskell takes his place with John le Carre’s Alec Leamas as one of spy fiction’s greatest characters.  Poetic and deeply affecting.” -People

“[Banville’s] books are not only an illuminating read—for they are always packed with information and learning—but a joyful and durable source of aesthetic satisfaction.” -The New York Review of Books

“Enthralling… Victor Maskell is a thinly disguised Anthony Blunt… Banville has pulled off a marvelous series of tricks.” -Anita Brooker, The Spectator

“Banville has the skill, ambition and learning to stand at the end of the great tradition of modernist writers.” -Times Literary Supplement

“It must by now be an open secret that on this [U.K.] side of the Atlantic, Banville is the most intelligent and stylish novelist at work.” – George Steiner, The Observer

“Banville’s acute characterization and laceratingly witty prose capture perfectly the paradoxically idealistic yet cynical mood of the upper classes in 1930s Britain.” -Time Out

“An icy detailed portrait of a traitor, and a precise meditation on the nature of belief and betrayal… subtle, sad, and deeply moving work.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Delectably droll and masterful… The rich fabric of this novel blends the shrewd humor of a comedy of manners with the suspense of a tale of espionage.” – Booklist

“[Written with] grace and intelligence… His story is so well told that why he spied—and who betrayed him—become secondary.” – Library Journal

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