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Tears of Autumn

Spun with unsettling plausibility from the events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and featuring secret agent Paul Christopher, The Tears of Autumn was a major bestseller upon its publication in 1975, and this riveting novel of espionage and foreign affairs remains just as gripping today.

Christopher, at the height of his powers, believes he knows who arranged the assassination, and why. His theory is so destructive to the legend of the dead president, and so dangerous to the survival of foreign policy, that he is ordered to halt his investigation. But he is a man who lives by, and for, the truth – and his internal compunctions force him to the heart of the matter. After resigning from the Agency, he 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 suspicion – one breath behind the truth, one step ahead of discovery and death.

Charles McCarry is the author, most recently, of the critically acclaimed thriller Christopher’s Ghosts. His other much-praised novels include The Miernik Dossier, The Last Supper and Old Boys. During the Cold War he was an intelligence officer operating under deep cover in Europe, Africa and Asia.

Important places

Ho Chi Minh City (51)


Roma (1,363)
Hồ Chí Minh city (52)


Italy (5,202)
Vietnam (638)

Other geographical areas

Indochina Peninsula (557)
Lazio (1,399)
South-Eastern Asia (2,613)
Southern Europe (7,123)