By Matthew Palmer
An NPR top booklet of the Year
From a veteran insider with over 20 years’ event within the U.S. overseas provider comes a taut, insightful mystery of world intrigue and behind-the-scenes foreign politics.
Sam Trainor’s profession of out of the country paintings coupled with a penchant for being outspoken has left him at the outdoors of the aggressive Washington establishment. previously the head South Asia professional within the country Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and examine, Trainor has moved to the non-public quarter, operating as an analyst for the consulting enterprise Argus Systems.
But Sam quickly discovers that for all their similarities, the govt. and their employed contractors have drastically assorted reasons. As he struggles to regulate to a extra company, profit-driven model of the paintings that have been his lifestyles, he stumbles throughout an intelligence anomaly—the transcript of a mobilephone dialog concerning the quickest how you can upend the fragile political stability maintaining India and Pakistan from all-out warfare. but Sam is familiar with that dialog can’t have occurred—because he's having an affair with one of many alleged participants.
As he digs into the resource of this incorrect information, he realizes that extra is at stake than simply undesirable intel. anyone is intentionally twisting the intelligence to stoke the simmering clash among India and Pakistan, nuclear-armed opponents that experience already fought a number of wars. And Sam’s new enterprise may be as much as its neck in it.
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There’s whatever of a good suggestions loop in operation. What they learn about one another, or what they suspect they find out about one another, impacts what they do and the alternatives they make, which in flip affects what they consider one another. this system was once presupposed to advertise transparency and data alternate within the carrier of peaceable dispute solution, yet it’s having the other impression. It’s making the management more and more paranoid and trigger-happy. ” “I’m seeing an analogous factor as Shoe is in Islamabad. Our intel is dominating the dialogue and reinforcing the hardliners. this system should be scaled again not directly, simply because it’s commencing to warp the decision-making method in methods we don’t completely comprehend. ” “I’ll increase it upstairs,” Sam promised. “But don’t get your hopes up. these courses are controlled through the director of nationwide Intelligence, no longer Argus. ” Dorothy caught her head into the convention room. “Spears’s workplace called,” she introduced. “He’d prefer to see you, Sam. ” “When? ” “Right now. ” “Tell Patty I’m on my manner. ” • • • Sam took the elevator to the fourth ground the place Argus CEO Garret Spears had his place of work. The fourth ground was once extra lavishly adorned than the others. The elevator opened onto a small atrium with skylights and tropical crops starting to be in oversize pots. a quick hall prime towards the north part of the construction led to a T junction. To the left used to be Spears’s workplace. To the precise, an enormous steel door with a cipher lock fixed at the middle. As Sam reached the flip, a wide guy with acne-scarred dermis used to be simply popping out from at the back of the metal door. Sam well-known him as Spears’s distinctive assistant, John Weeder. there has been a great crew of guys with an unmistakable army bearing who labored in the back of that specific door and who looked as if it would don't have any specific tasks. The analysts mentioned them because the “Morlocks. ” Sam had no longer been learn into this system, yet he had a high-quality thought of what they have been doing at the back of the door. Argus’s agreement with the business enterprise used to be for the gathering and research of intelligence info on South Asia. Sam’s workforce dealt with the research. The Morlocks, he suspected, have been chargeable for assortment. And Weeder, he believed, was once the king of the Morlocks. Weeder didn't quite a bit as check in Sam’s lifestyles as he walked prior him towards the elevator. His hair was once now not fairly lengthy adequate to arrive his collar, and Sam may possibly see the tattoo on his neck, a small frog preserving a trident. there has been whatever unsettling in regards to the guy. Sam felt a moderate kick back as Weeder handed him, virtually as though he moved inside of an envelope of chilly air. Sam became left towards the workplace of the CEO. • • • Spears’s secretary, Patty Delaney, used to be a no-nonsense Washington veteran who was once certainly dependable to the CEO. that they had been jointly many years, going again to Spears’s years within the army. She saved Sam awaiting 5 mins whereas the CEO comprehensive up a mobilephone name. Patty used to be no longer an immense believer in idle chitchat, and she or he spent the time dealing with e-mails whereas Sam leafed via a replica of the salmon purple monetary instances from the part desk and mentally rehearsed his apology.