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Olen Steinhauer's new novel reunites spies with a shared history
Olen Steinhauer's new novel reunites spies with a shared history

Olen Steinhauer openly acknowledges Christopher Reid's poem "The Song of Lunch" — or rather the PBS Masterpiece dramatization of it — as inspiration for his latest spy puzzler. The TV version centers on two former lovers, played by Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman, having a boozy lunch 15 years after their love affair ended. Fueling the drama is the unnamed man's regretful memories over the end of the affair and bitterness, not the least of which stems from his complicity as a lowly editor at a publishing house that churns moronic manuscripts into art while his former love has gone on to marry a successful novelist. In "All the Old Knives," Henry...

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