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Paul Vidich has had a distinguished career in music and media. Most recently, he served as Special Advisor to AOL, Inc. and was Executive Vice President at the Warner Music Group, in charge of technology and global strategy. He serves on the Board of Directors of Poets & Writers and The New School for Social Research. A founder and publisher of the Storyville App, Vidich is also an award-winning author of short fiction.
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A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Reluctant 1950s spy George Mueller whom we first encountered in the impressive An Honorable Man, is posted to pre-Castro Cuba to investigate the possibility that an old friend, Toby Graham, a friendly CIA agent with whom he worked opposing the KGB back in Europe in earlier times, might have turned unexpectedly rogue and is now manipulating the passage of arms to the rebels that were intended for the Batista regime they are at war with, despite the obvious sympathies at the top of the Washington establishment food chain for the dictator. Unveiling layers of corruption across the board, this is a recognizable take of deceit at the highest level, of compromised ideals and ethics and warring American official agencies set against a lovely evocation of Havana on the eve of the revolution and the turmoil both action-wise and sentimental the protagonists have to steadfastedly beat their way through. A worthy follow-up indeed. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. An assured cold war thriller set in the 1950s in paranoiac Washington D.C. at the height of the McCarthy hearings. The CIA suspects they have a mole, known as Protocol in their ranks, leaking secrets to the Soviets and George Mueller, recovering from a broken marriage, is given the task of investigating. However, his own past in the Great Game of espionage is equally murky and ambiguous and he soon comes under suspicion himself as the connections come to light. Past and present crisscross effectively in a tale of treason, mixed loyalties in a tale worthy of Robert Littell, Charles McCarry and with shades of early Le Carre which won't fail to impress spy thriller aficionados who will happily add Vidich to their shelf and look out for the imminent sequel. Most satisfying. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. On one hand you have the spy adventures which run along in overdrive and combine adventure and exotica a la James Bond and, on the other, are the sometimes deliberatly drab but realistic tales of jigsaw plots and devious minds, characterised by the disillusioned realism of John Le Carre, Charles McCarry, Robert Littell and Olen Steinhauer. This debut thriller places Vidich firmly in the second camp and right at the top of the table with instant effect. Doublecrosses, terribly fallible agents and spy hunters, the heart of the Cold War: it's all been done before but when it's plotted and written so well, with a care for the humanity of its torn by loyalties protagonists and the vagaries of unreliable history, I'm always a sucker for more. Atmospheric, moving and enigma-laden, this is spy writing at its very best. ~ Maxim Jakubowski