An enthralling historical novel about a CIA operative and the complex relationship with his mentor. Mailer brilliantly extolls this complex and multi-layered fiction in which real-life historical figures interact with fictional characters, although loosely based on past CIA operatives.
It is a somewhat lengthy book well worth the effort since it has the ability to draw us into the story. In it we discover some of the techniques of spies who ply their trade, of the making of a spy agency, of the ever-lingering possibility of betrayal that looms over agents, of the motivations and shortcoming of individuals who are at the heart of political and historical events.
Stars: 5 out of 5