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The private life of spies ; and The exquisite art of getting even : stories / Alexander McCall Smith.

McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948- (author.). McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948- Private life of shadows. (Added Author). McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948- Exquisite art of getting even. (Added Author).

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  • ISBN: 9780593700693
  • ISBN: 0593700694
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First American edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2023]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Originally published in hardcover in two volumes in Great Britain as The Exquisite Art of Getting Even by Polygon Books, an imprint of Birlinn Limited, Edinburgh, in 2022, and The Private Life of Shadows by Abacus, an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group, London, in 2023.
Formatted Contents Note:
The Private Life of Spies -- Author's Note -- Nuns and Spies (England, 1943) -- Syphax and Omar (Algiers, 1924) -- Ferry Timetable (Scotland, 1984) -- Donald and Yevgeni (Shanghai, Moscow, Washington, 1934-1947) -- Filioque (Rome, 2022) -- The Exquisite Art of Getting Even -- Sweet Vengeance: An Introduction -- Vengeance Is Mine -- A Melbourne Story: An Introduction -- The Principles of Soap -- Cavalleria Rusticana: An Introduction -- Monty, Tiger, Rose, Etc. -- Dignity & Decency: An Introduction -- One, Two, Three.
Summary, etc.:
"From the beloved author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series comes a new short story collection: half spy stories, half tales of revenge, all highlight the kinder, funnier, and gentler side of espionage and retribution. In this dual collection of short stories, Alexander McCall Smith brings his trademark humor and warmth to inventive tales of spying and vengeance. In one story, a spy dropped deep into enemy territory manages to disguise himself--quite convincingly--as a nun. In another, an invitation to join the Vatican Secret Service sends a prospective operative down a rabbit hole of controversy and confusion. A third story finds an author, on the brink of public ruin, seeing the error of his ways after an act of kindness saves the day. A keen observer of humanity imbued with a sparkling imagination, Alexander McCall Smith illustrates throughout that transparency is paramount and forgiveness is restorative. With surprising insight and a healthy helping of humor, these stories remind us that, in the end, the high road is often the better one for all involved"--Provided by publisher.
Genre: Spy fiction.
Short stories.

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  • 13 of 36 copies available at Bibliomation. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Hagaman Memorial Library - East Haven.


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