Framing the Dialogue

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Red Sparrow

red sparrowWith cover art reminiscent of a James Bond opening credits, Red Sparrow brings back an American “enemy” from the Cold War.  Instead of the USSR the spy game written by Jason Matthews pits American assets against the new Russia which is sort of like the old Soviet Union.  Matthews brings reality, or a least as much as he can divulge, as a former member of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service.

Portrait of a Spy

About a month ago I get my edition of Costco Connection in the mail and was excited!  No there’s wasn’t a sale on batteries (actually there was), but news of the upcoming release of Daniel Silva’s new novel, Portrait of a Spy, feature heroic Gabriel Allon.  I fastidiously set the date on my Droid calendar and planned to drive to Costco on the release day to pick up my copy.  I arranged my reading plan so that I could start the book that night.  I was excited on the drive that day.  When I got there the book was no where in sight.  Frustrated, I rechecked my calendar and it was July 12 yet there was no book.  I used the power of my Verizon unlimited data package to search Mr. Silva’s website only to find out that I had gotten the date wrong and was a week early,

Spy Catcher

The book’s inscription says “One of my gifts, January 14, 1989.”  The gift was given a year or so after Spy Catcher was first published and I found it on a shelf at the End Of The Line bookstore (a charity bookstore in a train car).  The selection is vast, but is hit or miss as far as any particular book.  I have found some rather unusual and old books.  Spy Catcher caught my eye and I thought it was a novel about the world of espionage.  Had I paid attention to the cover I would have noted that it was subtitled “The candid autobiography of a senior Intelligence Officer.”  Author Peter Wright was indeed a “spy catcher” or perhaps more accurately a spy suspecter.