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

The Last Supper

Charles McCarry

Perhaps the most richly complex of McCarry’s renowned Paul Christopher novels – an epic recreation of the history of an organization ensnared by a culture of conspiracy, deceit and senseless violence.

On a rainy night in Paris, Paul Christopher’s lover Molly Benson falls victim to a vehicular homicide minutes after Christopher boards a jet bound for Vietnam. To explain this senseless murder, The Last Supper takes its readers back not only to the earliest days of Christopher’s life, but also to the origins of the CIA in the clandestine operations of the OSS during World War II.

Moving seamlessly from tales of refugee smuggling in Nazi Germany to OSS-coordinated guerrilla warfare against the Japanese in Burma to the confused violence of the Vietnam War, McCarry creates an intimate history of the shadow-world of deceit and betrayal that penetrates the psyches of the men and women who live within it.


‘Charles McCarry is the best modern writer on the subject of intrigue – by the breadth of Alan Furst, by the fathom of Eric Ambler, by any measure’ P.J. O’Rourke

‘Absorbing, intelligent ... True entertainment’ New Yorker

‘McCarry’s thrillers really thrill, his political insight is praised by senior politicians and his erudition, experience and good writing turn spy stories into literature. McCarry and his dynamic alter-egos wipe the floor with the opposition’ Telegraph

‘There is no better American spy novelist’ Time

‘McCarry’s novels are among the best of our time’ Wall Street Journal

‘McCarry has no peer when painting a nuanced and contemplative portrait of American Cold War espionage’ Washington Post