|Legends (2005) [Novel]|
by Robert Littell
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, Littell shifts focus from a broad Cold War canvas to the life of a single CIA operative caught in a contradictory "wilderness of mirrors" in which remembering his past and forgetting it are both deadly options. Martin Odum is a one-time CIA field agent turned privte detective in Brooklyn, struggling his way through a labyrinth of memories of past identities - "legends" in Agency parlance. Is he really Martin Odum? Or is he Dante Pippen, an IRA explosives maven turned CIA agent? Maybe he is Lincoln Dittmann, Civil War expert. Or yet another legend? These men like different foods and different women, speak different languages, and have different skills.
Is Odum suffering from multiple personality disorder, brainwashing, or simple exhaustion? Is he a creation of the Legend Committee at the CIA's Langley headquarters? Can he trust the Agency's psychiatrist? Or the Deputy Director of Operations? Or Stella Kastner, a young Russian woman who engages him to find her brother-in-law so he can give her sister, an Orthodox Jew, a divorce, which under religious law requires the husband's presence?
Legends is a novel that explores the concept of the divided personality... it is also pure Robert Littell - from unforgettable opening to astonishing ending - again displaying the author's unparalleled prowess as a seductive story-teller exploring the clandestine but always very human world of secret agents.
Original title: Legends
Genre: Fiction→ Adventure→ Spy/Espionage