By Matthew Dunn
(William Morrow, Hardcover, 9780062037671, 432pp.)
Publication Date: August 9, 2011
The most electrifying espionage thriller debut in yearsand one of the first in modern memory to be written by a former agent under his own name . . .
Matthew Dunn spent years as an MI6 field operative working on some of the Wests most clandestine missions. He recruited and ran agents, planned and participated in special operations, and operated deep undercover throughout the world. In Spycatcher he draws on this fascinating experience to breathe urgent, dynamic new life into the contemporary spy novel.
Featuring deft and daring superspy Will Cochrane, Dunn paints a nerve-jangling, bracingly authentic picture of todays secret world. It is a place where trust is precious and betrayal is cheapand where violent death is the reward for being outplayed by your enemy.
Will Cochrane, the CIAs and MI6s most prized asset and deadliest weapon, has known little outside this world since childhood. And hes never been outplayed. So far . . .
Wills controllers task him with finding and neutralizing one of todays most wanted terrorist masterminds, a man believed to be an Iranian Revolutionary Guard general. Intending to use someone from the mans past to flush him out of the shadows, Will believes he has the perfect plan, but he soon discovers, in a frantic chase from the capitals of Europe to New York City, that his adversary has more surprises in store and is much more treacherous than anyone he has ever facedand survivedup to now.
As an MI6 field officer, Matthew Dunn recruited and ran agents, coordinated and participated in special operations, and acted in deep-cover roles throughout the world. He operated in highly hostile environments, where, if compromised and captured, he would have been executed. Dunn was trained in all aspects of intelligence collection, deep-cover deployments, small-arms, explosives, military unarmed combat, surveillance, and infiltration.
Medals are never awarded to modern MI6 officers, but Dunn was the recipient of a very rare personal commendation from the secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs for work he did on one mission, which was deemed so significant that it directly influenced the successful conclusion of a major international incident.
During his time in MI6, Dunn conducted approximately seventy missions. All of them were successful. He lives in England.
“Once in a while an espionage novelist comes along who has the smack of utter authenticity. Few are as daring as Matthew Dunn, fewer still as up-to-date. This isn’t the Cold War, this isn’t even the last ten years, it’s the CIA and MI6 as they are now.”
-John Lawton, author of A Lily of the Field and Black Out
“Great talent, great imagination, and real been-there done-that authenticity make this one of the year’s best thriller debuts. Highly recommended.”
“Not since Fleming charged Bond with the safety of the world has the international secret agent mystique been so anchored with an insider’s reality. The pacing in Matthew Dunn’s Spycatcher is frenetic, and the plotting is meticulous as it continually doubles back on itself.”
-Noah Boyd, author of Agent X and The Bricklayer
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