Legends by Robert Littell
A Novel of Dissimulation

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Robert Littell is the undisputed master of American spy fiction, hailed for his profound grasp of the world of international espionage. His previous novel, The Company, an international bestseller, was praised as "one of the best spy novels ever written" (Chicago Tribune). For his new novel, Legends, Littell focuses on the life of one great agent caught in a "wilderness of mirrors" where both remembering and forgetting his past are deadly options. Martin Odum is a CIA field agent turned private detective, struggling his way through a labyrinth of past identities - "legends" in CIA parlance. Is he really Martin Odum? Or is he Dante Pippen, an IRA explosives maven? Or Lincoln Dittmann, Civil War expert? These men like different foods, speak different languages, have different skills. Is he suffering from multiple personality disorder, brainwashing, or simply exhaustion? Can Odum trust the CIA psychiatrist? Or Stella Kastner, a young Russian woman who engages him to find her brother-in-law so he can give her sister a divorce.

As Odum redeploys his dormant tradecraft skills to solve Stella's case, he travels the globe battling mortal danger and psychological disorientation. Part Three Faces of Eve, part The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, and always pure Robert Littell, Legends—from unforgettable opening to astonishing ending—again proves Littell's unparalleled prowess as a seductive storyteller.



 

About Robert Littell

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ROBERT LITTELL is the author of sixteen previous novels and the nonfiction book For the Future of Israel, written with Shimon Peres, president of Israel. He has been awarded both the English Gold Dagger and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for his fiction. His novel The Company was a New York Times bestseller and was adapted into a television miniseries. He lives in France.
 
Published April 21, 2005 by Overlook. 392 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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A private eye living over a Chinese restaurant in Brooklyn, Martin Odum has led at least two other lives under different names, or “legends”—in identities the CIA created for him.

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Hired to find a missing husband, a private investigator and ex-C.I.A. agent must first confront the mystery of himself in Robert Littell's novel.

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The chase is on and the hunt leads Martin all over the world, from Israel to the Amish country, uncoincidentally bringing in some dangerous characters from Martin's former career.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Rich, and at times very funny and very dark, it is not surprising that LEGENDS won the Los Angeles Times Book Award.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Chris Petit New Yorker 3 of 5 Stars "Littell conscientiously covers the new ground—the post-Soviet Russia of the oligarchs;

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