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The private life of spies and the exquisite art of getting even  Cover Image Book Book

The private life of spies and the exquisite art of getting even / Alexander McCall Smith.


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, gentler sides of espionage and retribution.In this dual collection of short stories, Alexander McCall Smith brings his trademark humour, warmth and wisdom about the human condition to inventive tales of spying and vengeance. In one story, a WW2 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 these two delightful collections that transparency is paramount and forgiveness is restorative. With surprising insight and a healthy helping of humour, these stories remind us that, in the end, the high road is often the better one for all of us.

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  • ISBN: 9781039008175(hardcover)
  • Physical Description: 289 pages ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2023.

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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"--Title page verso.
Subject: Revenge > Fiction.
Genre: Thrillers (Fiction)
Humorous fiction.
Historical fiction.
Spy fiction.
Short stories.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at South Central Regional Library.


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