The Cold War Swap (2020)

The Cold War Swap Ross Thomas The Cold War Swap At the height of the Cold War two Americans are runnng a bar called Mac s Place in the West German capital One of the pair Michael Padillo isn t around a lot he keeps disappearing on business trips
  • Title: The Cold War Swap
  • Author: Ross Thomas
  • ISBN: 9780312315818
  • Page: 297
  • Format: Paperback
The Cold War Swap Ross Thomas At the height of the Cold War, two Americans are runnng a bar called Mac s Place in the West German capital One of the pair, Michael Padillo, isn t around a lot he keeps disappearing on business trips McCorkle, his partner, wisely doesn t ask questions he knows Padillo has a second job he s a reluctant US agent But McCorkle is ready to answer a call for help fromAt the height of the Cold War, two Americans are runnng a bar called Mac s Place in the West German capital One of the pair, Michael Padillo, isn t around a lot he keeps disappearing on business trips McCorkle, his partner, wisely doesn t ask questions he knows Padillo has a second job he s a reluctant US agent But McCorkle is ready to answer a call for help from Padillo, and he joins his friend in a blind journey with no inkling of what they will encounter at the turn of each dark and dangerous corner.
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  1. Lance Charnes

    The setup s familiar hard men, a bar, partners who keep secrets from each other, moral ambiguity, double and triple crosses, fedoras, cigarette smoke, shadows Only this time around, we re not in prewar San Francisco or postwar L.A we re in Germany, the concrete s still setting on the Wall, and the hard men are spooks, not shamuses and gunsels.If Raymond Chandler wrote spy novels, they d have been like The Cold War Swap.Our narrator is Mac McCorckle, an American ex soldier who never left Europe a [...]

  2. Mal Warwick

    It was the era of the Cold War, Lyndon Johnson s Great Society, John Le Carre, Don Draper s Mad Men, and, of course, nonstop consumption of alcohol The Berlin Wall was new, and the capitals of divided Germany Bonn and Berlin teemed with spies It was like postwar Vienna in the movies, Ross Thomas writes in The Cold War Swap, where Orson Welles went around muttering so low and fast you couldn t understand what he was saying except that he was up to no good Swimming in this cauldron of intrigue we [...]

  3. Craig Pittman

    This was Ross Thomas first novel, written when he was 40 years old, and he won an Edgar for it from the Mystery Writers Association Reading it now, 51 years after it was published, the book feels very dated in some ways, particularly its stereotyping of the two gay defectors Still, Thomas spins quite a yarn and I read the last few chapters in a rush to find out what happened.The narrator is Mac MacCorkle, an ex soldier who did a little clandestine work during World War II but now is content to r [...]

  4. Jake

    My second Ross Thomas book is his first effort and I enjoyed it A quick paced Cold War spy tale that keeps the reader from start to finish I wasn t overwhelmed by his first but I read it at a different time in my life This is making me think I need to read .

  5. Nick

    The Cold War Swap was the first novel by Ross Thomas, a former soldier, political flack and reporter It s a doozy It s a cracking yarn set in 1960s Bonn at the height of the Cold War, replete with un named American three letter agencies, Stasi, KGB, and MI x excitement, politics, alcoholism, and everyone smoking too much Ross Thomas wrote than 20 novels, most of them wonderful examples of political intrigue His eye for detail was that of a skilled journeyman reporter the kind who s repeatedly h [...]

  6. Tracey

    Mac is not a knife, he s a menschThe very first Ross Thomas book, written in just six weeks in the late sixties, could have been disappointing But it wasn t Mac is such a mensch that he walks into an espionage plot for his friend and partner, Mike Padillo, with little preparation and less foresight This is the fifth Thomas book I ve read Full of the murky suspense of a time of no cell phones and Cold War mistrust, it s the characters that make the story rich And Mac is the glue that makes it all [...]

  7. James Robb

    One of Ross Thomas BestCouldn t stop reading I loved the characters The plot was ever twisting and turning My favorite book from my favorite author.

  8. Scott

    It s back to school time, and each year the newspapers run the story about what the incoming freshman college class knows For example, the freshman class of 2012 was likely born around 1994, so in addition to having Pierce Brosnan being their first James Bond and only seeing Cheers in reruns, these kids missed the fall of the Berlin Wall It s difficult to explain to them the bizarre West Berlin situation how to describe the dizzying clash of East Versus West in such a glorious city The Cold War [...]

  9. Tony

    I picked this up on the recommendation of one of my favorite crime writers George Pelecanos and found it to be a funny, fast paced, Cold War caper In it, we meet McCorkle and Padillo, the American co owners of a bar in Bonn, Germany, circa 1966 After serving in the Army, McCorkle opened the place with Padillo in 1952 as a typical American bar and grill, making it a novelty in Cold War Germany However, for the multilingual Padillo, co ownership is merely a cover for his real job as an American sp [...]

  10. Marty

    I am in the process of re reading any of the Ross Thomas books I can still find, but I have concluded that this one, sadly, doesn t stand the test of time Not because it is his first novel it s still damn good for a first book And not because it has as its backdrop the Cold War in all its sublime pointlessness that is his point, and there is plenty here that is still relevant in the age of Guantanamo and the so called war on terror The reason I found myself cringing over and over was because of [...]

  11. Don

    Written in 1966, this was Thomas first novel, but it shows a sure hand at work I had read a number of Thomas books but not this one some years ago none are currently available in physical form but fortunately some are available as ebooks.Much like Charles McCarry, who works the same ground as this book, Thomas writes in something of a lean style Unlike too many contemporary mystery and suspense writers, he doesn t pad his work with unnecessary detail When the main character flies from Bonn to Be [...]

  12. Timothy Hallinan

    Ross Thomas, now unjustly neglected, is a delight a brilliant plotter, creator of unforgettably eccentric and dangerous characters, and a guy writer nonpareil His books are about guys guys in trouble, guys who are friends, guys who operate on the fringes of espionage, guys who love women but, in the end, would probably just as soon hang around with the guys I bought a whole shelf of out or print paperbacks in the book room of the Left Coast Crime convention and have been drowning in Thomas ever [...]

  13. Susan

    I am really picky about the kinds of stories I read I figure there are books out there than I will ever get to read so I don t have to read stuff I don t want to Having said that, I am going to retract at least a piece of it now I ve heard people say that if an author is REALLY good, the subject matter doesn t matter The photo by that explanations must be The Cold War Swap I have no interest in the cold war, little interest in spies and less interest in books set outside of the U.S But Ross Tho [...]

  14. Flave

    If you liked Hitchcock s Torn Curtain, this novel will enchant you It s quite entertaining and very exciting For me as a German it was especially funny to see how the Americans see us You might be slightly surprised but Auf Wiedersehen and Ein Bier, bitte aren t the only things we can say Also, the German names were very amusing Mac s girlfriend is called Fredl and by all means I ve never heard that name in my life It as horrible and old fashioned as Heidi sorry, Mrs Klum and not even my grandma [...]

  15. Patrick

    this book is a really fun cold war, spy noir sort of a combination of raymond chandler, el leonard, and allan furst the main characters are two american expats living in germany a few years after WW II They both fought in the war One is still in the CIA while the other owns a bar and wants to live a quiet, peaceful life They get caught up in a plot to bring somebody over the border from east germany the pacing moves along quickly and the narrator, the bar owner, has a great phillip marlowe esque [...]

  16. Ronald Koltnow

    Ross Thomas s debut novel has all of his characteristic wit and intelligence It resembles one of Lionel Davidson s books, esp NIGHT OF WENCESLAS, where the plot revolves around escape It is a bit dated others have commented on the treatment of homosexuals in the novel but Thomas s wonderful characters are out in force the phlegmatic McCorkle, his enigmatic partner Padillo, and the oleaginous Maas or is it Klein It is a novel of its time, and a pretty good one Try to compute how many cigarettes a [...]

  17. Dan

    This is the first book I read of this author, and it is also the first book written by the author, and I am amazed that this author was unknown to me until I started reading this book, and now I m helplessly hooked I must read his other books I was told though, that 25 of his 26 books are now out of print.I liked this book a lot It was written in 1966 during the cold war, and it is obviously about the same This author could write This book won the Edgar Award for being the best mystery of 1967 I [...]

  18. John Kues

    This was a fast read I agree with Stuart Kaminsky s one of my favorite authors foreward, comparing the characters to those in Casablanca I can well see Humphrey Bogart reciting some of these lines I don t know how I missed knowing about Ross Thomas This book was written in 1966, was his first book and won an Edgar There were a few typos, but nothing that hindered the reading I really liked his writing and will be following up with others, I think he wrote 19.

  19. Mark Rathaus

    Very impressive for a first novel With hard boiled but breezy dialogue, it reads like a noir mystery illuminated by spotlights The short action scenes race to viscous conclusions and the lengthy sections between them, are elaborate descriptions of imaginative characters or complex exposition it s a great first effort, but clearly, not Thomas at his best.

  20. Sean Brennan

    Although there is nothing wrong with this story, is nicely paced and readable it just lacks the complexity of the British Spy thriller during this period For me the whole point of a really great espionage thriller is for the reader to be completely baffled, not to know who is who until the whole story is explained to the reader in the last chapter This was just far too simple

  21. Marty Fried

    This is my second book by Ross Thomas I read The Fools in Town are on Our Side a few week before this, and enjoyed it enough to seek Both had interesting stories, humorous dialogs, lots of twists and turns, and people having bad days in general.I will most likely read by this author.

  22. Cera

    This book was 3 4 fun and 1 4 frustrating, not because of Thomas but because the subject matter that Thomas is satirising cold war politics and intrigue irritates me so much I had a lot of sympathy for most of the characters, and the sense of place was great, but I wish he had not been so horrible to the homosexuals.

  23. Gary Mesick

    A marvelous book that really should put Thomas in the same league as Le Carre Granted, he wouldn t win the playoff, but he belongs right up there Thomas has the great advantage over Le Carre in that he knows how to be funny.

  24. Ted Kendall

    For an old book one written in the 1960s this has all the makings of a timeless classic in the spy thriller genre and would make a great Bourne like movie Reading it was like watching a classic Connery Bond movie.

  25. Jon Spoelstra

    I had read this years and years ago and was wondering if I still felt that Ross Thomas was one of the all time mystery writers No wondering I m only about 25% through The Cold War Swap and there s no doubt Ross Thomas is one of the all time greats.

  26. Sean O

    I read this book in literally one sitting It was a perfect read for a transatlantic flight Typical Ross Thomas political thriller, set in the Cold War 60s.

  27. Bill

    Thomas first book, a cold war thriller, won awards when it first came out I enjoyed it but it seems quite dated now.

  28. Joaquin Peloso

    Not so bad If anyone is fluent with Spanish, I might recommend the author Alvaro Lozano as well for a quick review of the cold war.

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