In a gripping novel that combines brilliantly imagined characters with the machinations behind this century’s greatest unexplained mysteries, Jim Hougan has created a stunning international thriller of psychology and intrigue, espionage and prophecy, hairbreadth escapes and endless suspense.
After someone he has under surveillance is literally slaughtered, CIA agent Jack Dunphy is immediately ordered to leave London and return to the U.S., where he is dumped into a tedious desk job that seems calculated to make him quit. Determined to learn why, Dunphy uses all his CIA tradecraft on the agency that has turned against him–and hears the fragments of a story that seems too wild to be true . . . providing him with damning evidence of a vast conspiracy deeply entrenched within the CIA. Embroiled in a plot far more elaborate than he ever could have imagined, with players too powerful and consequences too deadly, Dunphy must uncover the shocking truth–even if it kills him.
Jim Hougan has won awards for his investigative journalism. He is the author of three nonfiction books: Decadence, about the sixties and seventies; Spooks, about the American intelligence community; and Secret Agenda, about Watergate. With his wife, Carolyn Hougan, he… More about Jim Hougan
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Published by Ballantine Books Jan 03, 1995| 380 Pages| 5-1/2 x 8-1/2| ISBN 9780345482310
“[AN] INTELLIGENT AND PULSE-POUNDING THRILLER . . . Hougan demonstrates fine command of his material. His familiarity with the ways of spies permeates his novel. Better yet, his writing is punchy and spare, his characterizations lively.” –Publishers Weekly