The brilliant CIA agent goes up against infamous Soviet spy Kim Philby in this “lively, entertaining” Cold War thriller (Publishers Weekly).
Blackford “Blackie” Oakes is the greatest spy in American history, but he’s no longer allowed behind enemy lines. As the former director of covert operations for the CIA, he knows too much to risk falling into enemy hands. But something has come up that requires him to go farther behind the Iron Curtain than he ever has before—and if he’s captured, he’ll have no choice but to take his own life. But Blackie doesn’t mind; he’s always wanted a chance to die for his country.
Previously, a team of assassins had targeted Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev, and Blackie acted on secret orders from President Ronald Reagan himself to save the Russian’s life. Now, Gorbachev is in danger once again, and his death could reignite the Cold War just as it’s coming to a close. To avert World War III, Blackie infiltrates Moscow, where he comes face-to-face with the Soviets’ own master of espionage: notorious defector Harold Adrian Russell “Kim” Philby.
Witty and urbane, and featuring an unforgettable cast of characters both real and imagined, Last Call for Blackford Oakes is a delightful ending to one of the greatest espionage sagas in history.
MysteriousPress.com/Open Road; August 2016
- ISBN 9781504038027
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- Title: Last Call for Blackford Oakes
- Author: William F. Buckley
Imprint: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road
In The Press
“Consistently engaging . . . It again validates Buckely’s considerable fiction skills.” —Charlie Rubin, The New York Times
“A startlingly real picture of the Soviet Union before its implosion.” —Caspar Weinberger, Forbes
“As always, Buckley imparts erudite sidebars about American history, literature and his famous acquaintances as he spins a lively, entertaining tale.” —Publishers Weekly
About The Author
William F. Buckley Jr. (1925–2008) was an author and political commentator. In 1955, he founded the influential conservative magazine National Review. Buckley also hosted the popular television show Firing Line and wrote a twice-weekly syndicated newspaper column. He is the author of more than fifty books, including titles on history, politics, and sailing, as well as a series of spy novels featuring CIA agent Blackford “Blackie” Oakes.