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  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Viking USA (Feb. 1 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670832669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670832668
  • Product Dimensions: 50.8 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 953 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,313,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The abrupt raising of the Iron Curtain, it would appear, has released a thousand intriguing ghosts from the past and given the spy novel a whole new lease on life. If Finder's fiction debut doesn't outdo Frederick Forsyth in grace of style, it surpasses both Forsyth and Ludlum in density of mystery and swirl of action. At the same time--not entirely surprisingly, coming from the author of Red Carpet, a study of the intricate connections between the Kremlin and U.S. big business--the plot is crammed with and even a little overwhelmed by details regarding the darker side of Soviet history and the workings of Soviet and U.S. intelligence. Assigned to examine a portentous tape sneaked out of Moscow by a mole, CIA Kremlinologist Charlie Stone finds himself in an espionage investigation of staggering complexity. As he hops among three continents, often the target of both the KGB and the CIA, Stone succeeds in vindicating his father, branded a traitor by McCarthy, while nosing out a plot by the head of the KGB to stage a violent coup during a Moscow summit that will end glasnost and set the world on its ear. The story contains as many chases, murders, conspiracies and uncloseted ghosts as any thriller maven could want, as well as a credible love interest; in all, it's a superbly exciting read. 75,000 first printing; $75,000 ad/promo.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Did Lenin, on his deathbed, write a testament denouncing the newly founded Soviet Union as a police state? Did an ultra-secret American organization aid Beria in a failed coup following the death of Stalin? How do these two seemingly unrelated incidents connect with CIA Soviet analyst Charlie Stone's father's imprisonment during the McCarthy years? And what do all three have to do with what Stone believes is a developing Kremlin power struggle that could depose Gorbachev, repudiate glasnost, and rekindle the Cold War? These are the questions that propel this exciting first novel, a Ludlumesque tale of multiple conspiracies, deception, murder, and deadly pursuit. It lacks that convincing plausibility of the best of John le Carre or Len Deighton, but compensates for that with a driving what-happens-next readability.
-Charles Michaud, Turner Free Lib., Randolph, Mass.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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By A Customer on Sept. 17 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a longtime reader of cold war spy thrillers, I stumbled across "The Moscow Club" when it was first released in paperback in 1991. It's out of print now, but worth looking for.
This is, bar none, the best, most engrossing spy novel I've ever read. Not only is it brutally realistic and eerily prescient (it was written just months before the Soviet Union fell), it's also the most accurate representation of Soviet/Russian politics I've ever read, and I'm a former Soviet Studies major.
This is true can't-put-it-down novel. Intelligently written and probably a lot more real than we want to think--the concept that a few wealthy and powerful individuals really run the world isn't that far off--the fact that it was Joseph Finder's first novel is pretty impressive. His other books have been good, but nothing matches "The Moscow Club," which is not only a non-stop thrill ride, but also the most intelligently-written political thriller I've ever picked up. Nothing Tom Clancey has written even comes close to the brilliance of Finder's "Moscow Club." Don't miss it!
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There's hardly a live body left after Charlie Stone's been around! This is an incredible book, filled with twists and turns and one surprise after another. Stone reminds me of Jessica Fletcher. There's always someone murdered whenever she shows up. Same thing with Charlie Stone-a CIA agent who specializes in knowing the Soviet Union. Only this time, what he knows is going to get him and everyone he talks with killed.

What you read about in The Moscow Club is believable. It could happen--possibly already has. If you love conspiracy-mysteries, this is a volume you'll want to own and read.

Like a good martini, it always has a twist!
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By John G. Hilliard on April 11 2002
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Hey, a new story. In this category of books, it is getting a tough to find something new but this was. I think this has been one of the author's best books, if not the best. The story is very believable and tight. It had it all, a great story, good characters, wonderful action and a quick pace. This is just a good old exciting book. The author peppers the book with plot twists that keep the reader on his toes. This author writes in a way that is tight and slick that keep you interested through out. Great detail of the way the Russian government works (or doesn't). Sit back and enjoy this book.
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By John G. Hilliard on April 11 2002
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Hey, a new story. In this category of books, it is getting a tough to find something new but this was. I think this has been one of the author's best books, if not the best. The story is very believable and tight. It had it all, a great story, good characters, wonderful action and a quick pace. This is just a good old exciting book. The author peppers the book with plot twists that keep the reader on his toes. This author writes in a way that is tight and slick that keep you interested through out. Great detail of the way the Russian government works (or doesn't). Sit back and enjoy this book.
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