Spy Dust (Paperback)

Two Masters of Disguise Reveal the Tools and Operations That Helped Win the Cold War

By Jonna Mendez, Antonio Mendez, Bruce B. Henderson

Atria Books, 9780743428538, 320pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2003

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Moscow, 1988. It is the twilight of the Cold War, and the KGB is at its most ruthless. In the last three years, ten CIA operatives have been executed or neutralized. Langley has no idea how the KGB seems to be able to predict the CIA's every move, but some believe they are using an invisible electromagnetic powder that allows them to keep tabs on anyone who touches it: spy dust. Enter CIA officers Tony Mendez and Jonna Goeser, who come together to head up a team of technical wizards and operational specialists, determined to solve the mystery that threatens to bring down the curtain on the Cold War's final act. Beginning in Indochina and culminating in a breathtakingly daring operation in the heart of the Kremlin itself, Spy Dust reveals more about U.S. intelligence techniques abroad than any previously published work of nonfiction, and is a riveting account of spycraft, courage, loyalty, and love.

Praise For Spy Dust: Two Masters of Disguise Reveal the Tools and Operations That Helped Win the Cold War

Admiral Stansfield Turner
former head of the CIA

A true story of spying with all the suspense and intrigue of a James Bond novel.

Publishers Weekly

An entertaining thriller with the added virtue of being true.


An endlessly fascinating book, one that spy buffs will return to again and again.

Hayden B. Peake
curator of the CIA's Historical Intelligence Collection

For CIA staffers, the changed names will be both frustrating and challenging as they attempt to sort out individuals and operations. For those who want a sense of what really takes place in the field when magicians from the Office of Technical Services are involved, Spy Dust is a rewarding experience.

Kirkus Reviews

A real-life pleasure for fans of John le Carré and Tom Clancy.