Albert “Charles” McCarry (14/6/1930 – 25/2/2019)

The former CIA officer turned spy novelist Charles McCarry died on 25 February aged 88. Although he is not so well known in the UK, his books such as “The Tears of Autumn”, a novel set against the background of Kennedy assassination, are highly rated by many on the other side of the pond. Some American reviewers have called him “the American Le Carrė.”

“Fiction depends on its facts being believable,” he once remarked of his espionage career, “so it’s always useful to know the way things work.”

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