The Increment

The Increment

A Novel

Book - 2009
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From a hidden enclave in the maze of Tehran, an Iranian scientist who calls himself "Dr. Ali" sends an encrypted message to the CIA. It falls to Harry Pappas to decide if it's for real. Dr. Ali sends more secrets of the Iranian bomb program to the agency, then panics. He's being followed, but he doesn't know who's onto him, and neither does Pappas. The White House is no help--they're looking for a pretext to attack Tehran.

To get his agent out, Pappas turns to a secret British spy team known as "The Increment," whose operatives carry the modern version of the double-O "license to kill." But the real story here is infinitely more complicated than he understands, and to get to the bottom of it he must betray his own country.

The Increment is The Spy Who Came In from the Cold set in Iran, with a dose of Graham Greene's The Human Factor to highlight the subtleties of betrayal.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2009.
ISBN: 9780393065046
Characteristics: 390 p. ;,25 cm.


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May 02, 2016

There was an excessive amount of useless background filler & despite a fair amount of different characters to follow, the author annoyingly flips back & forth between aliases of several characters!

poppy2010 Aug 17, 2013

A very plausible storyline that will hold attention for the full span of this book.
As with his other novels about the Middle East and it's varied cultures, Mr Ignatius has few equals. He has a great understanding of the nature of the people that he writes about.

Mar 12, 2012

This is a good one low an violence but hearvy on complexity and plot.

rdolats Mar 12, 2012

Nice read, I liked better his older novel 'Angels of Innocense', but this one happens inside Iran, places are well researched and real.

Dec 25, 2010

Quite interesting if slow at times

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