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The Terminal Spy: A True Story of Espionage, Betrayal, and Murder


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“A story that is at once real-life thriller and an immensely sinister cautionary tale about the new Russia.” -Star Tribune

On November 1, 2006, Alexander Litvinenko sipped tea in Londons Millennium Hotel. Hours later the Russian émigré and former intelligence officer, who was sharply critical of Russian president Vladimir Putin, fell ill and within days was rushed to the hospital. Fatally poisoned by a rare radioactive isotope slipped into his drink, Litvinenko issued a dramatic deathbed statement accusing Putin himself of engineering his murder. Alan S. Cowell, then London Bureau Chief of the New York Times who covered the story from its inception, has written the definitive story of this assassination­ and of the profound international implications of this first act of nuclear terrorism.

“Absorbing.” -New York Times

“Cowell plays out the Byzantine possibilities behind this killing with heroic clarity.” -Los Angeles Times

“Doggedly reported and dramatically written . . . Cowell tells the story with literary panache but doesnt let his stylish prose eclipse the substance of a sordid tale. The sections about espionage and the assassination are worthy of Tom Clancy, but the authors political analysis is equally riveting . . . A well-told true-crime tale mixed with expert political/historical analysis.”

-Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Alan S. Cowell was the London bureau chief of the New York Times when the events narrated in this book reached their climax. Previously, Cowell served as a correspondent for Reuters and the New York Times in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He has been based in twelve capitals and reported the news from around ninety countries and territories. Cowell is married and has three children. He is now based in Paris. 

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Cowell, Alan S
Broadway Books
Cowell, Alan S.
Murder - General
Crime - True Crime
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