A young woman is cornered on a deserted boulevard. Moments later she walks away, leaving her assailant for dead.
Jason Matthews is the real deal. As an Operations Officer in the CIA, his brief was simple: steal secrets from the opposition and protect his own. Over a 33-year career, Matthews served in multiple overseas locations, specialising in denied-area operations and national security. He conducted agent recruitment in key counterproliferation regions including the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, East Asian, the Middle East and the Caribbean. As a retired Chief in various CIA Stations, there are few people on the planet better positioned to write about the thrilling the world of espionage, intelligence and counterterrorism.He lives in Southern California with his wife Suzanne, who is also a 33-year veteran of the CIA, having served as an operations officer in the Directorate of Operations.
Taut, fast-paced and authentic. A great American spy novel Charles Cumming Dominika Egorova, of the Russian Intelligence Service, is one of the most complex and compelling heroines to grace the espionage genre ... Palace of Treason is enthralling ... 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 ... Whether in Vienna, Moscow or Washington, Matthews's scene-setting is superb, and he has a fine eye for telling details ... Palace of Treason shimmers with authenticity New York Times Sublime and sophisticated ... a fast-paced thriller ... as noteworthy for its superior style as for its gripping depiction of a secretive world Washington Post A primer in 21st-century spying... terrifically good New York Times Book Review The best espionage novel you've ever read Huffington Post Matthews is the insider's insider. He knows the secrets. And he is also a master storyteller -- Vince Flynn The world of a spy is unique and claustrophobic, but this bold tale captures its every nuance with expert precision. A tantalizing premise, and a heroine who's an alpha female, forge a solid piece of entertainment that does not disappoint Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Patriot Threat A sequel that's every bit as good as his debut ... Authentic tradecraft, a complex plot that steadily builds tension, and credible heroes and villains on both sides make this a standout Publishers Weekly As authentic a spy novel as you are ever apt to read, rendered in exciting prose by a master who helped craft the rules by which spying is conducted. A ten-cloak, ten-dagger read Washington Times