CIA Humor


Title:                      CIA Humor

Author:                  Thomas Sileo

Sileo, Thomas (2004). CIA Humor: A Few True Stories From A 31-Year Career. Alexandria, VA: Washington House

OCLC:

JK468.I6 S55 2004

Table of Contents: . Introduction . The Director of Central Intelligence 3. Working in the United States for the CIA 4. Operations don’t always go smoothly 5. The CIA and the U.S. military 6. Funny odds and ends 7. Conclusion 8. List of abbreviations and terms.

Date Posted:      May 11, 2017

Customer Review by clark_aon[1]

The first of Sileo’s five chapters of anecdotes relate humorous stories about four Directors of Central Intelligence—William Casey, Robert Gates, James Woolsey, and George Tenet—though others are mentioned elsewhere. The other chapters cover working for the CIA in America, operations gone awry, the CIA and the military, and, finally, some odds and ends. In the latter category, Sileo tells a tale of advice to an analyst in the Directorate of Intelligence on how to pass the polygraph . . . from Rick Ames![3] (p. 89) Not all of the stories are funny, but they are all instructive—the attention-getting behavior of the KGB surveillance teams in Moscow, for example. In a different vein is the story of the security officer and Queen Noor of Jordan. The CIA wives are not forgotten, although Mrs. Sileo may wish her husband had omitted her encounter with the “six star general” (p. 70).

This little book will bring pleasure to many and probably invoke similar memories in other officers. So Sileo hints at the end he is considering another edition—a good idea!

[1] See clark_aon (December 24, 2007) at Amazon.com, (4.0 out of 5 stars), “A lighter look at the CIA

Loose Threads


Title:                      Loose Threads

Author:                 Elizabeth Ticknor

Ticknor, Elizabeth (2016). Loose Threads, a Mystery. Bookstand Publishing (self published)

ISBN:     978-1634983815

Unknown catalog classification

Date Posted:      May 5, 2017

Reviewed in The Intelligencer[1]

Lil and David, retired CIA operatives living in the quiet coastal town of Lewes, Delaware, use their operational skills to help their friend and neighbor, Ruth, track and apprehend two murderers. They pursue their instincts to trap the killers, following their trail to Ecuador, Alaska, Arizona and Nevada.

[1] The Intelligencer (22, 2, Fall 2016,  p.  141).  This book is one of selected fiction recommended by AFIO members.

The Flat Bureaucrat


Title:                      The Flat Bureaucrat

Author:                 Susan Hasler

Hasler, Susan (2015). The Flat Bureaucrat: A CIA Satire. Asheville, NC: Bear Page Press

ISBN:     978-0996577908

PS3608

Date Posted:      April 26, 2017

For Shelby Wexler, being crushed by falling concrete is only the beginning of a bad afterlife. As a senior official of the CIA, he considered Congressional oversight committees the highest form of retribution. He never entertained the possibility of post-mortem accountability. Enter Virgil, an obnoxious and expired polygraph examiner, who sends Shelby on a backward journey through the events leading up to the terrorist attack that killed him. Who was responsible? Who dropped the ball? The answers are not the sort likely to surface in a Senate hearing room. The Flat Bureaucrat is the stand-alone sequel to Susan Hasler’s hilarious and terrifying debut novel, Intelligence. Informed by Hasler’s two decades in the Agency, these books will make you laugh and make you think about the CIA and national security in a whole new way.

If Susan Hasler’s Intelligence[1] was “24” meets “The Office”, it’s sequel, The Flat Bureaucrat, is “It’s a Wonderful Life” meets the 9/11 report. In case it isn’t readily apparent, that’s a good thing.

Hasler’s years as an analyst in the CIA have served her well in her latest novel. She is able to pinpoint the absurdities, the screw-ups and the personalities, not just in the world of modern intelligence, but in modern office life. As with the best novels, by focusing on the specificity of working at the CIA, the author opens the story up to the universality of working in an office anywhere. It draws you into the story whether you are a spy fan or not.

John le Carré, the granddaddy of spy novelists, is known for creating a whole new vernacular when talking about “The Circus”, his version of MI6; Hasler has managed to take this concept to even greater heights for the CIA. Her co-opting of mining terminology to define the various areas of the CIA is not only a perfect way to give context to the various players, but also allows for some great moments of humor with various acronyms used to great comic effect.

Much of this inventiveness and satire was present in Intelligence. What gives this novel a greater weight is a sense of mortality, of seconds slipping away, that pervades the story. We have a limited time on Earth; how would we look back on it and would we say we took advantage of every second we had? It’s hard not to let those questions pass through your mind as you read. But don’t get me wrong, this is not a dirge. Hasler is light on her feet and knows when to defuse the tension with humor and when to get more contemplative.

Although it provides a complete story, it does leave room for a sequel. Here’s hoping we see it.
Highly Recommended.

[1] Hasler, Susan (2010). Intelligence. New York: Thomas Dunne Books-St. Martin’s Press

Palace of Treason


Title:                      Palace of Treason

Author:                 Jason Matthews

Matthews, Jason (2015). Palace of Treason. New York: Scribner

LCCN:    2015017172

PS3613.A8484 P35 2015

Summary

  • “From the bestselling, Edgar Award-winning author of the “terrifically good” (The New York Times) Red Sparrow, a compulsively readable new novel about star-crossed Russian agent Dominika Egorova and CIA’s Nate Nash in a desperate race to the finish. Captain Dominika Egorova of the Russian Intelligence Service (SVR) has returned from the West to Moscow. She despises the men she serves, the oligarchs, and crooks, and thugs of Putin’s Russia. What no one knows is that Dominika is working for the CIA as Washington’s most sensitive penetration of SVR and the Kremlin. As she expertly dodges exposure, Dominika deals with a murderously psychotic boss; survives an Iranian assassination attempt; escapes a counterintelligence ambush; rescues an arrested agent and exfiltrates him out of Russia; and has a chilling midnight conversation in her nightgown with President Putin. Complicating these risks is the fact that Dominika is in love with her CIA handler, Nate Nash, and their lust is as dangerous as committing espionage in Moscow. And when a mole in the SVR finds Dominika’s name on a restricted list of sources, it is a virtual death sentence… Just as fast-paced, heart-pounding, and action-packed as Red Sparrow, Jason Matthews’s second novel confirms he is “an insider’s insider…and a masterful storyteller” (Vince Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author)”– Provided by publisher.

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Date Posted:      April 17, 2017

Reviewed by Adam LeBormay[1]

Red Sparrow[2],” Jason Matthews’s debut thriller, is a challenging act to follow. Lavished with deserved praise, it introduced Dominika Egorova, of the Russian Intelligence Service, one of the most complex and compelling heroines to grace the espionage genre. Brave, beautiful and deadly, Egorova is a synesthete, who sees a halo of color above the heads of those around her, and a graduate of the Sparrow School, where female agents are taught advanced sexual techniques as an aid to seduction and recruitment.

Palace of Treason, the sequel to Red Sparrow, does not disappoint. The book is enthralling. Matthews deftly weaves in enough back story to hook both new readers and those returning. Enraged by the plundering of her country, Egorova is now one of the C.I.A.’s highest placed moles in the Kremlin. There she eventually catches the eye of President Vladimir V. Putin himself (blue halo pulsing), with eyebrow-raising results. But Egorova is in love with her C.I.A. handler, Nathaniel Nash, with whom she makes love “against the rules, against good sense, flaunting every tenet of security.”

That Matthews, who served in the C.I.A. for 33 years, knows the world of espionage and its darkest corners is never in doubt. Palace of Treason shimmers with authenticity. When Hannah Archer, a trainee C.I.A. officer, is trying to lose teams of watchers, she describes the “tingling on her arms and the backs of her hands, how the air felt cool on her neck when the hairs stood on end, when she felt the coverage before she saw it and began to count the cars, filing away the faces.”

The villains too are richly drawn, none more than Alexei Zyuganov, a psychopathic ­torturer-bureaucrat, and his protégée, Eva Buchina. Both are experts in chernaya rabota, black work. The scenes of them on the job are beyond chilling. When Zyuganov and Buchina barge in on a meeting between Madeleine Didier, the Moscow station chief of the French foreign intelligence service, and a Russian source, the two French security guards are killed within 10 seconds, the Russian soon after. The mission is completed within four minutes. Madame Didier is hanged from a door frame, “to complete the horror, to violate the gentleman’s agreement among spies and to send an unambiguous message back to the French.”

Whether in Vienna, Moscow or Washington, Matthews’s scene-setting is superb, and he has a fine eye for telling details. The Russian cooks in the American embassy cafeteria “managed to mangle most of the American items on the menu with the addition of inexplicable ingredients—pickle relish in the lasagna or blanched walnuts in the mac and cheese,” but they make a delicious pastrami sandwich “rich with cheese and scallions and vinegary coleslaw.” Matthews also has the courage to kill off one of the book’s most sympathetic characters, thus drawing the reader further into the lives of those who remain.

Yet Palace of Treason suffers from its author’s all too obvious prejudices. Almost every character working for the C.I.A. (apart from a traitor) is a wry, smart-mouthed, tough but tender, reliable stand-up kind of guy or girl. Almost every Russian (apart from Dominika and another C.I.A. asset) is venal, corrupt, untrustworthy and brutal. Matthews has sympathy for Russia’s culture but little for its people. Sometimes the tone is almost sneering, as when he describes Russian women with “clotted foundation on their collars and salt rings under the arms of their blouses.”

A more nuanced portrayal of Langley’s spymasters and their Russian opponents would only have added to the book’s verisimilitude. As the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the C.I.A., released in December 2014, showed quite clearly, the cellars of the Lubyanka have no monopoly on brutality.

[1] Adam LeBormay, “Palace of Treason, by Jason Matthews,” New York Times Sunday Book Review (May 26, 2015,

[2] Matthews, Jason (2013). Red Sparrow: A Novel. New York: Scribner. Adam LeBor’s latest thriller is The Washington Stratagem. A version of this review appears in print on May 31, 2015, on Page BR35 of the Sunday Book Review with the headline: “Double Agenda.”

The Care of Devils


Title:                      The Care of Devils

Author:                  Sylvia Press

Press, Sylvia (1958). The Care of Devils. Boston: Beacon Press

LCCN:    58006248

PZ4.P935 Car

Date Posted:      March 10, 2017

Popular lore says the CIA bought up all copies of this book. Well, there is at least one copy in the Library of Congress. WorldCat.org lists many, many libraries holding it. The toothpaste I guess. Hayden Peake has described it thusly: “[A second challenge was a] 1958 memoir by Sylvia Press, a former OSS officer who had joined the CIA. Summarily dismissed for security reasons, she wrote The Care of Devils, a thinly disguised autobiographic novel. The agency allegedly bought all copies and Press, too, was denied a pension.”

KIRKUS REVIEW[1]

. . . . riding on the fear which is whipped up by a government investigation and exercised only at the expense of the innocent- in illustrated through the story of Ellen Simon who for twelve years has been an effective agent in Washington, engaged in “”sensitive work””. She is summarily subjected to an interrogation by Ross Jamison of Security, and during the six to seven weeks which follow, her initial disbelief gives way to hopelessness as everything she says is discounted, parried, perverted. An old love affair is revived; a casual trip to Mexico and contacts there become sinister and suspect; her signature on a petition- years ago- is damaging; and her own breaking nerves, and spirit, affect the polygraph ( detection) session which closes the case against her. An appeal is useless- but her faith in herself and in her rights intact-she decides to fight back. . . . The clear and everpresent danger of this kind of panic and persecution provides a highly readable story- tense and partisan.

[1] Kirkus, downloaded March 10, 2017

The Spy Who Spoke Porpoise


Title:                      The Spy Who Spoke Porpoise

Author:                 Philip Wylie

Wylie, Philip (1969).The Spy Who Spoke Porpoise. Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday

LCCN:    74079970

PZ3.W9768 Sp

Date Posted:      January 24, 2017

KIRKUS REVIEW[1]

As inflated as waterwings, this improbably complicated business about Project Neptune, a dead body which is washed up in Hawaii, porpoises trained to signal human intervention on an aquagraph, and one retired Mr. Grove. He’s a former OSS man, acrobat, magician, manufacturer of games now playing a combination of Chinese Checkers and Russian Roulette as he undertakes a mission for the Chief Executive. Along with a corpulent Russian opponent of an earlier era and the C.I.A., there’s a pretty (almost too) young girl who may be with him in his next adventure. Mr. Grove is quite genial but you will find it hard to keep up with him—perhaps even porpoiseless.

[1] Kirkus, downloaded January 24, 2017

True Faith And Allegiance


Title:                      True Faith And Allegiance

Author:                Mark Greaney

Greaney, Mark (2016). Tom Clancy: True Faith And Allegiance. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

LCCN:    2016040954

PS3607.R4285 T76 2016

Summary

  • “The #1 New York Times-bestselling series is back with the most shocking revelation of all. After years of facing international threats, President Jack Ryan learns that the greatest dangers always come from within… It begins with a family dinner in Princeton, New Jersey. After months at sea, U.S. Navy Commander Scott Hagan, captain of the USS James Greer, is on leave when he is attacked by an armed man in a crowded restaurant. Hagan is shot, but he manages to fight off the attacker. Though severely wounded, the gunman reveals he is a Russian whose brother was killed when his submarine was destroyed by Commander Hagan’s ship. Hagan demands to know how the would-be assassin knew his exact location, but the man dies before he says more. In the international arrivals section of Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport, a Canadian businessman puts his fingerprint on a reader while chatting pleasantly with the customs official. Seconds later he is shuffled off to interrogation. He is actually an American CIA operative who has made this trip into Iran more than a dozen times, but now the Iranians have his fingerprints and know who he is. He is now a prisoner of the Iranians. As more deadly events involving American military and intelligence personnel follow, all over the globe, it becomes clear that there has been some kind of massive information breach and that a wide array of America’s most dangerous enemies have made a weapon of the stolen data. With U.S. intelligence agencies potentially compromised, it’s up to John Clark and the rest of The Campus to track the leak to its source. Their investigation uncovers an unholy threat that has wormed its way into the heart of our nation. A danger that has set a clock ticking and can be stopped by only one man…President Jack Ryan”– Provided by publisher.

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Date Posted:      January 13, 2017

Reviewed by: Jerry Lenaburg[1]

Mark Greaney has continued Tom Clancy’s iconic characters in his sixth novel featuring the Jack Ryan father and son duo, and it is a magnificent page turner.

The novel starts at 100 mph and maintains that speed throughout, weaving a compelling plot, plenty of tension and suspense, and the cast of characters that Clancy fans have followed for nearly 30 years.

The basic plot of the novel is both compelling and frighteningly realistic, and is, as the saying goes, ripped straight from today’s headlines. Needless to say, anyone who has worked in the defense or intelligence industry will shake their heads at Greaney’s twist to the story and ask themselves, “Wow, could something like this really happen?”

The mark of a good techno-thriller is that the technology and lingo compliment and not distract from the story, and this book handles this story challenge quite well. Readers expect high tech weaponry, techno heavy plots, and realistic actions scenes, and Greaney masters all of these, keeping the jargon down to the minimum while using it to augment the story.

One of the best things about sticking with this series is the books offer a continuum of characters and events, with Greaney tying them together throughout this book to provide a seamless story arc of characters and events across all of his volumes.

Certainly there no anti-heroes nor no moral complexity to these books: the good guys are good, the villains are villainous, although Greaney does grant that being a villain does not mean a character can’t be devious and cunning. A reader may certainly gnash their teeth at the ease with which the villain seems to be able to carry out the plan of mayhem and destruction.

Most importantly for a book like this, Greaney has mastered the art of weaving four or five different subplots and their associated minor characters into an artful mosaic that converges with breakneck speed toward the end of the book, bringing the story to a climax and conclusion that are ultimately very satisfying when the final page is finished.

For Tom Clancy fans, and now for those of us that have become Mark Greaney fans of Tom Clancy’s characters, this will make an excellent holiday page turner, providing just the right mix of plot, character, and pacing to keep you turning the pages by the Christmas tree lights.

[1] Jerry Lenaburg in New York Journal of Books, downloaded January 13, 2017. Jerry D. Lenaburg is a Project Manager and Senior Military Analyst with Northrop Grumman. A 1987 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he served as a Naval Flight Officer from 1987–1998 and has published in the Journal of Military History.

Bourne Legacy


Title:                      Bourne Legacy

Author:                Eric Van Lustbader

Lustbader, Eric (2004). Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne In The Bourne Legacy: A Novel. New York: St. Martin’s Press

LCCN:    2004049029

PS3562.U752 R63 2004

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Date Posted:      January 9, 2017

Review by Paul Allen[1]

When Robert Ludlum died in March of 2001, millions of fans mourned the passing of a brilliant and prolific storyteller and the loss of future novels featuring his most popular character, CIA operative Jason Bourne.

But after the tremendous international success of the 2002 film adaptation of The Bourne Identity starring Matt Damon (its sequel, The Bourne Supremacy, is scheduled to hit theaters July 23, 2004) and the ever-increasing demand worldwide for a new installment in the Bourne saga, the Ludlum estate turned to Eric Van Lustbader, author of best-selling thrillers like The Ninja and Black Heart and one of Ludlum’s friends. Lustbader, a longtime admirer of Ludlum’s Bourne sequence, says he “jumped at the chance, because the estate promised I could do my own story and write in my own style.” The result, he says, surprised even him. “In many ways it’s the best novel I’ve ever written.”

The Bourne Legacy begins with David Webb (aka Jason Bourne) retired from the CIA and teaching linguistics at Georgetown University. But when an assassin almost kills him on campus and he is framed for the murder of his two closest friends, Webb is forced to revert to his deadly Bourne persona. With the full force of the CIA and a relentless assassin closing in on him, Bourne must stay alive long enough to figure out who set him up, and why. His desperate quest, which takes him to Paris, Crete, Budapest and Iceland, also leads him to the last place he wants to go his past.

Lustbader was right: The Bourne Legacy is arguably his best work to date. (And the shocking bombshells that he drops regarding the character of Jason Bourne will have fans of this series talking for months.) Powered by highly volatile, raw-edged emotion, and dozens of complex characters, each with their own intriguing history, The Bourne Legacy will leave readers furiously turning pages until its breathtaking (and heart-wrenching) conclusion.

[1] BookPage review by Paul Allen (July 2004), downloaded January 9, 2017

The Last Man


Title:                      The Last Man

Author:                Vince Flynn

Flynn, Vince (2012). The Last Man: A Thriller. New York: Emily Bestler Books/Atria Books

LCCN:    2012372304

PS3556.L94 L37 2012

Summary

  • When a CIA black ops master with ties to disreputable figures in Afghanistan goes missing, Mitch Rapp is ordered to track down the missing man at all costs and finds himself enmeshed in a dangerous plot involving the interests of numerous countries.

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Date Posted:      January 8, 2017

Review by Cym Lowell[1]

The Last Man is, perhaps, a fitting title for the last book published by Vince Flynn before his early death. Like his other works, it is beautifully written, easily read, intense, and blends Mitch Rapp into an intriguing, current storyline. In this episode, a dangerous assault on the integrity of the CIA is underway with roots in Afghanistan. Rapp is implicated as a bad guy. Can he save the CIA and, secondarily, find his way out way into the clear?

As a thriller writer, I find it instructive to synthesize the critical elements of the work of the masters of our craft. In this quest, I have identified elements that I believe to be critical for such success (for me or, probably, a writer in any genre), as follows:

  • Readable Style: Regardless of the presence of other elements, the story must be easily read and digested. If it is dense, hard to follow, scattered, or otherwise not readily readable, it is not likely to succeed. The Last Man certainly gets a √ here.
  • Early Hooking: The reader needs to be hooked by about the first 10 percent of the story, when the elements should have been established. I would give The Last Man a √ as I was certainly hooked by a story framed right about at this point.
  • Sympathetic Characters: Readers want and need to be able to identify with the lead character or characters in the story. Again, Vince Flynn earns a √ here. Mitch Rapp is a fascinating hero. In the Flynn style, there is little development of his emotions or feelings beyond action and nose for reality. I, for one, enjoy understanding the underlying emotions of the characters. How does Flynn really feel about the murder of his wife and child? How about the murderer who he intersects with in this story? How about Mitch’s new love?
  • Plot: The story needs to be intriguing. In The Last Man, Flynn and the CIA are set-up as fall-guys for a global conspiracy that has drawn in senior FBI, CIA, and foreign folks. When it was published in 2012, these elements were the stuff of reality, as well as today. Another √.
  • Engaging: These elements need to be connected in a manner to make a page-turning bestseller. In his previous 13 stories, Flynn certainly demonstrated this skill, which receives another √ in The Last Man. The action is intense, chapters are short, and the connection among characters and twists in story are tight!

Onward!

—CYM

[1] Cym Lowell, on his web site, August 18, 2014. Downloaded January 8, 2017

Red Sparrow


Title:                      Red Sparrow

Author:                Jason Matthews

Matthews, Jason (2013). Red Sparrow: A Novel. New York: Scribner

LCCN:    2012031933

PS3613.A8484 R43 2013

Date Posted:      January 3, 2017

Review by Charles Cumming[1]

The undisputed master of spy fiction, John le Carré, worked for British intelligence for several years before the international success of his third novel, The Spy Who Came In From the Cold[2], allowed him to retire from the secret world to become a full-time writer.

Le Carré’s real-life experience as a spy is not unique in the genre, at least in its British incarnation. John Buchan, Graham Greene, Somerset Maugham and, of course, Ian Fleming all served as intelligence officers in the first half of the 20th century. More recently, a number of spy novels have been written by Stella Rimington, the director of MI5 from 1992 to 1996.

Things are rather different on the American side of the pond. With the exception of Charles McCarry, there hasn’t been a first-rate American spy novelist who claims to have worked as an intelligence officer before turning his hand to fiction.

Until now, that is. Jason Matthews is a 33-year veteran of the C.I.A. who, according to the press release in front of me, “served in multiple overseas locations and engaged in clandestine collection of national-security intelligence.” Lord knows how he got the manuscript of “Red Sparrow” past the redacting committee at Langley, but he has turned his considerable knowledge of espionage into a startling debut.

The novel pits an ambitious, hotheaded rookie spook, Nathaniel Nash, against a gorgeous Russian intelligence officer named Dominika Egorova. The plot, which swings convincingly between Moscow, Helsinki, Athens and Washington, begins with echoes of Fleming’s From Russia With Love[3]— an attractive Soviet “sparrow” is used to compromise a randy Western spy—and ends with an extended homage to the denouement of le Carré’s “Smiley’s People.”

What distinguishes Red Sparrow from so many of its ilk is not merely Matthews’ skill as a writer. He is smart and fluent, with a terrific ear for dialogue and a gift for quick, effective characterization. Here he describes a Russian spy chief:

“He looked to be 50 years old, with a red-veined tetrahedron for a nose. His eyes were dull and watery, his teeth corrugated and stained, and he slouched with the familiar casual authority honed on the razor strop of decades of Soviet officialdom. His tie was askew, his suit was a washed-out brown that recalled low tide at the beach.”

As you might expect, the author also possesses an extraordinarily deep knowledge of his subject. I have rarely encountered a nonfiction title, much less a novel, so rich in what would once have been regarded as classified information. From dead drops to honey traps, trunk escapes to burst transmissions, Matthews offers the reader a primer in 21st-century spying. His former foes in Moscow will be choking on their blinis when they read how much has been revealed about their trade­craft. The author’s unrelentingly bleak depiction of the post-Soviet espiocracy also rings depressingly true.

This is not to say that Red Sparrow is perfect. I think it was a mistake to give Vladimir Putin a walk-on part, and some of the character names (Korchnoi, Ustinov, Delon) are oddly chosen, given their real-life antecedents. Perhaps in homage to the culinary spymaster Len Deighton, Matthews has chosen to end each chapter, save the last one, with a recipe. The technique is charming at first, but it has the effect of undermining whatever suspense the author has built up in the preceding pages.

These are minor faults, however. Although Matthews may have a rose-tinted view of the C.I.A., he is terrifically good on the turf wars and enervating bureaucracy of espionage. There are several digs at the F.B.I.—including an operation in Finland botched by the excitable feds—which his former colleagues will doubtless cheer to the rafters.

A 33-year career as an intelligence officer would make Matthews, at a conservative estimate, a novelist in his mid-50s. That’s late to be getting into the writing game (although Raymond Chandler did publish The Big Sleep at the age of 51). Red Sparrow sometimes feels like a novel written by a man in a hurry, an impassioned former spook desperate to download everything he knows and feels about Russia and the murky world of spying. Does that mean Red Sparrow is a one-off and that Matthews will now disappear into the shadows? I certainly hope not.

[1] Charles Cumming, “Spy vs. Spy,” in the Sunday Book Review of The New York Times (May 31, 2013). Charles Cumming’s  novel, A Foreign Country, is available in paperback. A version of this review appears in print on June 2, 2013, on Page BR51 of the Sunday Book Review with the headline: Spy vs. Spy.

[2] Le Carré, John (1964). The Spy Who Came In From The Cold. New York, Coward-McCann

[3] Fleming, Ian (1957, 1981). From Russia with Love. Geneva: Edito-Service