The Spy's Son The True Story of the Highest-Ranking CIA Officer Ever Convicted of Espionage and the Son He Trained to Spy for Russia

The Spy's Son
  • Engels
  • Paperback
  • 9780802125194
  • Druk: 1
  • mei 2016
  • 384 pagina's
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Jim Nicholson earned the nickname Batman early in his spy career with the CIA. A talented case officer with a Rolex watch and hand-tailored suits, Jim's elan and fierce patriotic streak shot him to stardom. He played cat-and-mouse with the KGB during Cold War postings in the Philippines, Thailand, and Japan, and then, when the Soviet Union collapsed, he ran spy operations against a new foe, the Russian SVR. Fourteen years after his first overseas assignment, mired in a messy divorce and custody battle, Jim's superiors called him back to CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. By day, he ran Middle East counterterrorism operations. By night, he was just another minivan-driving single dad racing home for dinner with his kids. But Jim had a secret. For two years, in exotic locales across the globe, he had sold his country's deepest secrets to Russia. Jim turned over troves of classified documents and he blew the covers of countless officers--a betrayal that put lives in danger and destroyed careers. The CIA and FBI joined forces to catch him, mounting the only spy-versus-spy criminal investigation ever run under the roof of Langley. In 1997, Jim became the CIA's highest-ranking officer convicted of espionage. Yet his duplicity didn't stop there. While behind the bars of a federal prison in Oregon, the former mole systematically groomed the one person he trusted most to serve as his stand-in: his youngest son, Nathan, a broke college student in his early twenties. Deeply depressed after suffering a serious injury during Army training, Nathan was easy prey for his father. When Jim asked him to courier messages out of prison to his Russian contacts, Nathan saw an opportunity to prove himself and to make his father proud. But trespassing into the global spy word is a risky business and the chain of events that followed irreversibly changed their lives. The Spy's Son goes inside the private meeting rooms of the FBI and CIA, delves into the post-Cold War intrigues between Moscow and Washington, and steps behind the closed doors of a family struggling to stay together. The culmination of a six-year investigation, Bryan Denson has masterfully crafted a high-speed, high-stakes account of this riveting true story of a father's deception and a son's loyalty, and the dire consequences that resulted from betraying both country and kin.


Superbly entertaining and informative . . . easily the intelligence book of the year. --Washington Times Engaging . . . a noirish thriller that happens to be true. --Wall Street Journal [Denson] tackles the story with zest. . . . While The Spy's Son packs plenty of spy-vs.-spy drama, the more interesting chapters are about the bond between a father and his son. --Washington Post Startling . . . Denson has a knack for sly wordplay and descriptions. --Christian Science Monitor Swaggering true-crime . . . This hardboiled, film noir page-turner is a compelling read, sure to fascinate fanatics of intrigue. --Winnipeg Free Press An extraordinary espionage case. . . . The book's strength is its wonderful detail. --BookPage Filled with fascinating details of the cloak-and-dagger techniques of KGB and CIA operatives, double agents, and spy catchers . . . a poignant and painful tale of family love, loyalty, manipulation and betrayal. --The Oregonian The uncommon family business of selling information to Russia proves exciting, lucrative and remarkably misguided . . . The intricate portrait of Nicholson family life makes the father-son crime feel inevitable without ever coming off as dull. Denson puts his reporting chops to good use, packing the book with information but never overwhelming readers and maintaining tension, interest and momentum. . . . Captivating. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) In a stunning piece of reporting Bryan Denson has unraveled one of the strangest spy stories in American history and written a haunting book as fast paced and as exciting as the best spy novel. It will keep readers awake as he takes them deep into a world of international espionage populated by KGB and CIA agents, American spy catchers and a family they'll never forget--and it's all true. --Robert Lindsey, author of The Falcon and the Snowman The Spy's Son is an intelligence service's worst nightmare--a double agent inside its walls. Human foibles of hubris and greed drive Jim Nicholson to betray his nation's deepest secrets and his own family. Denson's telling of the tale is riveting, agonizing, and for a former spook like me, sometimes heart-stopping. --Valerie Plame, author of Fair Game Gripping insight into the quiet war of spies, deception and treachery. As a former special agent, The Spy's Son should be required reading for agents and anyone else interested in the cloak and dagger world of espionage. --Fred Burton, Stratfor, VP Intelligence, author of Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi The Spy's Son is the amazing account of the dysfunctional Nicholson family's foray into the treacherous world of selling out one's country to the Russians. Denson's suspenseful story of the Nicholsons' reprehensible activities is an adventurous read, revealing tradecraft used by both spies and spy catchers. A true-life spy story spanning two decades in countries around the world, it is packed with danger, suspense and intrigue. --Alan B. Trabue, CIA (Ret.), author of A Life of Lies and Spies We always think of the damage a spy does to his country, and to his colleagues and friends, but seldom to his family. This is the solemn and excruciating tale of a real spy who intentionally and selfishly used his son as a go-between himself and his Russian masters after he had been caught and imprisoned, and nearly ruined his son's life into the bargain. It is a splendid read. --Frederick P. Hitz, former CIA Inspector general, Senior Lecturer at University of Virginia, and author of The Great Game: The Myths and Reality of Espionage The Spy's Son expertly chronicles Jim Nicholson's cold-blooded betrayal of both country and son. A gripping nonfiction read on par with a John Le Carre thriller. --Pete Earley, author of Confessions of a Spy: The Real Story of Aldrich Ames



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