In 1946, genius linguist and codebreaker Meredith Gardner discovered that the KGB was running an extensive network of strategically placed spies inside the United States, whose goal was to infiltrate American intelligence and steal the nation’s military and atomic secrets. Over the course of the next decade, he and young FBI supervisor Bob Lampshere worked together on Venona, a top-secret mission to uncover the Soviet agents and protect the Holy Grail of Cold War espionage—the atomic bomb.
Opposites in nearly every way, Lampshere and Gardner relentlessly followed a trail of clues that helped them identify and take down these Reds one by one, including Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. But at the center of this spy ring, seemingly beyond the American agents’ grasp, was the mysterious master spy who pulled the strings of the KGB’s extensive campaign, dubbed Operation Enormoz by Russian Intelligence headquarters. Lampshere and Gardner began to suspect that a mole buried deep in the American intelligence community was feeding Moscow Center information on Venona. They raced to unmask the traitor and prevent the Soviets from fulfilling Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev’s threat: "We shall bury you!"
A breathtaking chapter of American history and a page-turning mystery that plays out against the tense, life-and-death gamesmanship of the Cold War, this twisting thriller begins at the end of World War II and leads all the way to the execution of the Rosenbergs—a result that haunted both Gardner and Lampshere to the end of their lives.
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About the Author
Howard Blum is the author of the New York Times bestseller and Edgar Award winner American Lightning, as well as Wanted!, The Gold of Exodus, Gangland, and The Floor of Heaven. Blum is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. While at the New York Times, he was twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. He is the father of three children, and lives in Connecticut.
Table of Contents
A Note to the Reader xiii
Prologue: "The Storks Fly Away" 1
Part I The Blue Problem 9
Part II "In the Enemy's House" 125
Part III Dominoes 203
Epilogue: A Toast 287
Notes on Sources 293
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The spy case this story is about was still being talked about by my parents and other family members when I was a pre-teen kid. The story caught my attention because of the little bits I remembered about what had happened and why. The main characters in the story are developed enough to keep the reader guessing what will happen next. I knew the outcome but not how it was achieved. While it is not an “edge of your seat thriller”, it is a good depiction of men doing what they feel is right and a really enjoyable read. The quiet and meek academic and the brash and free wheeling FBI agent must work together to stop the leakage of top secret military secrets to the Russians during the Cold War. If you are a history buff, I think you will enjoy this book.