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
Washington D. C., 1953. The Cold War is heating up: McCarthyism, with all its fear and demagoguery, is raging in the nation’s capital, and Joseph Stalin’s death has left a dangerous power vacuum in the Soviet Union.
The CIA, meanwhile, is reeling from a double agent within their midst. Someone is selling secrets to the Soviets, compromising missions around the globe. Undercover agents have been assassinated, and anti-Communist plots are being cut short in ruthlessly efficient fashion. The CIA director knows any news of the traitor, whose code name is Protocol, would be a national embarrassment and compromise the entire agency.
George Mueller seems to be the perfect man to help find the mole: Yale-educated; extensive experience running missions in Eastern Europe; an operative so dedicated to his job that it left his marriage in tatters. The Director trusts him. Mueller, though, has secrets of his own, and as he digs deeper into the case, making contact with a Soviet agent, suspicion begins to fall on him as well. Until Protocol is found, no one can be trusted, and everyone is at risk.
|Publication date:||23rd February 2017|
|Publisher:||No Exit Press an imprint of Oldcastle Books Ltd|
|Primary Genre||Thriller and Suspense|
Closing date: 30/09/2021
Praise for An Honourable Man:
'There are moments in An Honourable Man...that make you feel like you're intimately eavesdropping on people's lives.' - Writer's Bone
'Even the most jaded readers will be caught off-guard by the espionage and counter-espionage' - Parnassus Musing
'Dead-on Cold War fiction. Noir to the bone' - Kirkus Reviews
'Fans of John le Carré will appreciate the backroom, clubby old-boy network that seemed to define spying in the 1950s' - Publishers Weekly
'An Honorable Man is one heck of a debut novel' - The REAL Book Spy
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. Author photo © Bekka PalmerMore About Paul Vidich