Synopses & Reviews
In a gripping novel that combines brilliantly imagined characters with the machinations behind this century’s greatest unexplained mysteries, Jim Hougan has created a stunning international thriller of psychology and intrigue, espionage and prophecy, hairbreadth escapes and endless suspense.
After someone he has under surveillance is literally slaughtered, CIA agent Jack Dunphy is immediately ordered to leave London and return to the U.S., where he is dumped into a tedious desk job that seems calculated to make him quit. Determined to learn why, Dunphy uses all his CIA tradecraft on the agency that has turned against him–and hears the fragments of a story that seems too wild to be true . . . providing him with damning evidence of a vast conspiracy deeply entrenched within the CIA. Embroiled in a plot far more elaborate than he ever could have imagined, with players too powerful and consequences too deadly, Dunphy must uncover the shocking truth–even if it kills him.
When a surveillance subject is slaughtered, CIA agent Jack Dunphy is ordered to leave London and return to the U.S., where he is dumped into desk duty, seemingly calculated to make him quit. Determined to learn why, Dunphy uses all of his CIA tradecraft and discovers a conspiracy so vast and old that the CIA itself is but a cover for it.
About the Author
Jim Hougan has won awards for his investigative journalism. He is the author of three nonfiction books: Decadence, about the sixties and seventies; Spooks, about the American intelligence community; and Secret Agenda, about Watergate. With his wife, Carolyn Hougan, he has written three thrillers under the pseudonym John Case: the New York Times bestseller The Genesis Code, The First Horseman, and most recently, The Syndrome. An Alicia Patterson and Rockefeller Foundation fellow, Hougan is the former Washington editor of Harper’s Magazine. He has also reported for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and produced documentary films for Frontline, 60 Minutes, A&E, and the Discovery Channel. He and his wife live in Afton, Virginia.