The Sunday Spy: A Novelby William Hood
Taken together, William Hood's books present what may be the most accurate, unvarnished look ever at the real world of espionage.Alan Trosper reluctantly returns to the world of post-Cold War espionage when a State Department secretary, compromised by pornographic photographs, is murdered and a freelance, former Soviet agent offers to self proof of a highly placed spy. By the author of Cry Spy.
Trosper, supposedly retired and happily married to Emily, is recruited to review a bungled investigation into the possibility that someone at the Firm may have been feeding information to the KGB. The initial investigation had resulted in the dismissal of three senior agents, all of whom left proclaiming their innocence. Now a mysterious former KGB operative, cut adrift by the post- Soviet regime, is offering to sell the Firm hard evidence about unnamed American traitors. The Russian leads Trosper on a merry chase through post-Soviet Eastern Europe, eventually disclosing (as a sign of good faith) an American military attaché as a high-priced source of secrets for the Yeltsin-era version of the KGB. That case carries Trosper on to more important quarry: a highly placed figure in the State Department who has been a longtime ally of the Russians. They have killed at least once to protect him, and will do so again. There's a vividly described pursuit of a suspect through the streets of New York, crowded with Thanksgiving Day parade-goers, and a subtle, lethal minuet with the villains before Trosper can bring the case to a close. Hood, at one time the executive officer of the CIA's counterintelligence division, is superb at rendering the day-to-day business of spying, the months of tedium and moments of terror, but less good at shaping an interesting protagonist. Trosper remains more a collection of virtues than a convincing figure. And there's a Russian hit-person who seems rather too good to be entirely believable.
Still, as an intriguing puzzle and as a portrait of Russian and American spies navigating a greatly changed world, this latest from Hood lingers in the mind.
- Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
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