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The counterfeit agent

The counterfeit agent

Berenson, Alex, author

In an Istanbul hotel, a source warns that Iranian forces intend to kill a CIA station chief. Ex-CIA agent John Wells is called in to investigate, but before he can get very far, the tip comes true. Which means the next warning the source gives will be taken very seriously indeed. And it's a big one: a radioactive package has been put on a ship from Dubai to the United States. As the threat level jumps and the government mobilises, Wells is sent on a private mission to find out the truth. From Guatemala to Thailand to Hong Kong to Istanbul, he uses every skill he has, including his ability to go undercover, in the Arab world, to chase down leads. But will it be enough to pull the United States back from the brink of war?

Hardback, Book. English. Thriller. Suspense fiction.
Published London: Headline, 2014

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Statement of responsibility: Alex Berenson
ISBN: 1472208234, 9781472208231
Physical Description: 374 pages ; 24 cm
Subject: Wells, John (Fictitious character) Fiction.; Intelligence officers United States Fiction.

Author note

Alex Berenson graduated from Yale University in 1994 with degrees in History and Economics. In 1999 he joined the New York Times where he covered everything from the drug industry to Hurricane Katrina. During his tenure he served two stints as a correspondent in Iraq, an experience that led him to write THE FAITHFUL SPY, which won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel and was a #1 NYT bestseller. Alex left the NYT in 2010 to devote himself to writing fiction. He lives in Garrison, just outside New York City, with his wife and dog.


A genuine talent
The Sunday Times||Ingenious
New York Times||Gritty and fast-moving
Observer||One of the best new spy writers