The Tears of Autumn

Version: Unabridged
Author: Charles McCarry
Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Suspense
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: November 2005
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 9 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

"As soon as he began publishing fiction more than three decades ago, Charles McCarry was recognized as a spy novelist of uncommon gifts," wrote Charles Trueheart in the Washington Post, and The Tears of Autumn, McCarry's riveting novel of espionage and foreign affairs, was a major best-seller upon its first publication in 1975. Spun with unsettling plausibility from the events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy and featuring secret agent Paul Christopher, it is a tour de force of action and enigma.

Christopher, at the height of his powers, believes he knows who arranged the assassination and why. His theory is so destructive of the legend of the dead president, though, and so dangerous to the survival of foreign policy that he is ordered to desist from investigating. But he is a man who lives by, and for, the truth, and his internal compunctions force him to the heart of the matter. Christopher resigns from the agency and embarks on a tour of investigation that takes him from Paris to Rome, Zurich, the Congo, and Saigon. Threatened by Kennedy's assassins and by his own government, Christopher follows the scent of his suspicions, one breath behind the truth, one step ahead of discovery and death.

The Tears of Autumn is an incisive study of power and a brilliant commentary on the force of illusion, the grip of superstition, and the overwhelming strength of blood and family in the affairs of the nation. It's also a superb political thriller, taut and unsentimental, whose brilliantly original and persuasive theory about who killed Kennedy will, once again, get minds racing.

Reviews (4)

The Tears of Autumn

Written by sarah on October 31st, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The story starts out slow but once, you have the characters in some sort of order, it really gets interesting since this happened when I was a young adult and followed the Kenneys and the beginnings of the war in Vietnam in the papers.

Yawn

Written by tom on October 22nd, 2010

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Ok the premise is novel: elements of the south vietnam government carried out the Kennedy assasination. Being a lover of conspiracy theories I thought this would be a good read. However, this is so slow paced, plodding, lacking in action and just downright boring that it belongs in the sleep aid section of walgreens. Sent it back after the third disc.

Tears of Autumn

Written by JA from Poughkeepsie, NY on February 15th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Starts off slowly but grabs you about an hour in, especially if you're familiar with Kennedy assassination theories. Lots of fun and thought-provoking.

Tears of Autumn

Written by Anonymous on August 23rd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent spy thriller, presenting a very unusual theory about who killed JFK and why.

Author Details

Author Details

McCarry, Charles

A new novel from the greatest espionage writer that America has ever produced (Otto Penzler, "The New York Sun")