Chasing Shadows: A Special Agent's Lifelong Hunt to Bring A Cold War Assassin to Justice

Chasing Shadows: A Special Agent's Lifelong Hunt to Bring A Cold War Assassin to Justice

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by Fred Burton, John R. Bruning
     
 

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On a warm Saturday night in July 1973 in Bethesda, Maryland, a gunman stepped out from behind a tree and fired five point-blank shots into Joe Alon, an unassuming Israeli Air Force pilot and family man. Alon's sixteen-year-old neighbor, Fred Burton, was deeply shocked by this crime that rocked his sleepy suburban neighborhood. As it turned out, Alon wasn't just a

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On a warm Saturday night in July 1973 in Bethesda, Maryland, a gunman stepped out from behind a tree and fired five point-blank shots into Joe Alon, an unassuming Israeli Air Force pilot and family man. Alon's sixteen-year-old neighbor, Fred Burton, was deeply shocked by this crime that rocked his sleepy suburban neighborhood. As it turned out, Alon wasn't just a pilot--he was a high-ranking military official with intelligence ties. The assassin was never found and the case was closed. In 2007, Fred Burton--who had since become a State Department counterterrorism special agent--reopened the case. Published to widespread praise, Chasing Shadows spins a gripping tale of the secret agents, double dealings, terrorists, and heroes he encounters as he chases leads around the globe in an effort to solve this decades-old murder.

Editorial Reviews

Huffington Post

[This investigation] dealt Burton as many twists and turns as in any five detective thrillers ... As a result of Burton's efforts ... resolution came to the case at long last.
author of See No Evil and The Company We Keep Robert Baer

There's nothing like opening a cold terrorism case and finally finding the truth, one that will open the door to what we're up against today. Burton's done it with gripping narrative, and a straight-shooting style.
author of In the President's Secret Service and T Ronald Kessler

Chasing Shadows is a tension-filled hunt for an assassin by a tenacious counterterrorism agent who finds that the path to finally nailing the case leads through the FBI, the CIA, Mossad, and the Black September terrorist organization. Thrillers don't get any better than this, but this spine-tingling story is real.
coauthor of Every Spy a Prince: The Complete H Yossi Melman

Chasing Shadows is an unprecedented book, the first account of a legendary spyworld cold case and a guided tour of the wilderness of mirrors that exists at the intersection of the Cold War, the Israeli-Arab conflict, and the struggle against Islamic extremism.
retired CIA and author of The Master of Disguise&# Tony Mendez

Fred Burton has made tense times, now past, come back to life. From the first page to the tantalizing end, he reveals details that are amazing and riveting. A knockout!
Associated Press Staff

Part non-fiction mystery, part primer on Israeli-Palestinian relations.
UK Defense Forum Magazine

A classic action packed political thriller… an extraordinary history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230339910
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
05/22/2012
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
717,682
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 8.74(h) x 0.74(d)

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