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Collection: Good Reading
Call Number: M
Author: McCall Smith, Alexander
Title: The private life of spies
Remainder of title: and The exquisite art of getting even : stories /
Summary, etc. note: "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, and gentler side of espionage and retribution. In this dual collection of short stories, Alexander McCall Smith brings his trademark humor and warmth to inventive tales of spying and vengeance. In one story, a 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 that transparency is paramount and forgiveness is restorative. With surprising insight and a healthy helping of humor, these stories remind us that, in the end, the high road is often the better one for all involved"--

International Standard Book Number: 9780593700709
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Canceled/invalid ISBN: 9780593700693
Description conventions: rda
Authentication code: pcc
Classification number: PR6063.C326
Edition number: 23/eng/20221122
Classification number: 823/.914
Dates associated with a name: 1948-
Relator term: author.
Statement of responsibility, etc.: Alexander McCall Smith.
Edition statement: First American edition.
Place of publication: New York , NY
Name of publisher: Pantheon Books,division of Penguin Random house LLC
Date of publication: 2023
Projected publication date: 2305
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: Pantheon Books,
: [2023]
Extent: 289 pages
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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.
Formatted contents note: The Private Life of Spies -- Author's Note -- Nuns and Spies (England, 1943) -- Syphax and Omar (Algiers, 1924) -- Ferry Timetable (Scotland, 1984) -- Donald and Yevgeni (Shanghai, Moscow, Washington, 1934-1947) -- Filioque (Rome, 2022) -- The Exquisite Art of Getting Even -- Sweet Vengeance: An Introduction -- Vengeance Is Mine -- A Melbourne Story: An Introduction -- The Principles of Soap -- Cavalleria Rusticana: An Introduction -- Monty, Tiger, Rose, Etc. -- Dignity & Decency: An Introduction -- One, Two, Three.
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Source of acquisition: B&T 5/19/23
Purchase price: 29.00
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Subject: Revenge
Subject: Espionage
Subject: SpybFiction
Source of term: lcgft
Source of term: lcgft
Genre/form data or focus term: Spy fiction.
Genre/form data or focus term: Short stories.
Personal name: McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-
Personal name: McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-
Title of a work: Private life of shadows.
Title of a work: Exquisite art of getting even.
Main entry heading: McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-
Edition: First American edition.
Place, publisher, and date of publication: New York : Pantheon Books, [2023]
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Title: Private life of spies
Record control number: (DLC) 2022052431
International Standard Book Number: 9780593700693
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