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Charles McCarry

American writer

Died when: 88 years 257 days (1064 months)
Star Sign: Gemini

Charles McCarry (June 14, 1930 – February 26, 2019) was an American writer, primarily of spy fiction, and a former undercover operative for the Central Intelligence Agency whom The Wall Street Journal described in 2013 as "the dean of American spy writers";

The New Republic magazine calls him "poet laureate of the CIA"; and Otto Penzler says he has produced some "poetic masterpieces".

William Zinsser calls him a "political novelist".Jonathan Yardley, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic for the Washington Post, calls him a "'serious' novelist" whose work may include "the best novel ever written about life in high-stakes Washington, D.C." P.

J.O'Rourke called him "the best modern writer on the subject of intrigue." O'Rourke learned about McCarry from a working covert operative who called McCarry "very realistic."

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