Books by Dan Fesperman

Dan Fesperman's travels as a writer have taken him to 30 countries and three war zones, beginning with the Persian Gulf War in 1991. But it was his introductory trip to the besieged city of Sarajevo in January 1994 that inspired his first novel, Lie in th


SAFE HOUSES by Dan Fesperman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2018

"Prolific spy novelist Fesperman delivers another winner, this one as fiendishly clever as it is richly entertaining."
In 2014, 35 years after Berlin-based CIA worker Helen Abell went rogue to uncover a high-level agent as a serial rapist, she and her husband are murdered in their farmhouse on Maryland's Eastern Shore—both shot in the face with a hunting rifle. Read full book review >
THE LETTER WRITER by Dan Fesperman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"Fesperman gives us a well-crafted novel steeped in the politics and street life of 1940s New York, and in the letter writer, he's created a character who will stay with you long after the last shot is fired."
Many mysteries play out on the big stage of World War II-era New York, where information is the currency of the times. Read full book review >
UNMANNED by Dan Fesperman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 13, 2014

"Well-written and dense with complicity, this is an action-packed glimpse of intrusive technology in which the good guys never have clear moral standing."
A timely thriller that brings drone warfare to the streets of America. There is treachery here—in the government, in big business and among the technology geeks who make it all work. Read full book review >
THE DOUBLE GAME by Dan Fesperman
Released: Aug. 23, 2012

"Has its limitations, but in re-sparking interest in classic spy fiction, it attains maximum impact."
In 1984, young Washington Post writer Bill Cage ignited a miniscandal by reporting that spy novelist Edwin Lemaster—"the American John le Carré"—had considered working as a Soviet double agent when he was with the CIA. More than 25 years later, Cage follows up his story for Vanity Fair—duly warned by his father, a former diplomat who knew Lemaster, to watch his back. Read full book review >
LAYOVER IN DUBAI by Dan Fesperman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 16, 2010

"A guy with 'the soul of a bohemian caged by the mind of an auditor' finds more excitement on the job than he'd ever anticipated."
The cultural dynamic of Dubai provides the most compelling element in this international thriller. Read full book review >
THE ARMS MAKER OF BERLIN  by Dan Fesperman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 7, 2009

"Well-crafted entertainment that also delivers complex truths about warfare and survival."
Thriller veteran Fesperman (The Amateur Spy, 2008, etc.) sets his protagonist to track the lives of six people caught up in World War II through a dangerous present-day archive. Read full book review >
THE AMATEUR SPY by Dan Fesperman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 5, 2008

"Despite the flaws, well worth reading—Fesperman's empathy for his protagonists, struggling to do the right thing, is impressive."
Middle East intrigue swirls around an aid worker forced into a clandestine post-retirement mission—more classy suspense from Fesperman (The Prisoner of Guantánamo, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >
THE PRISONER OF GUANTÁNAMO by Dan Fesperman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 11, 2006

"The sharply drawn scenery, fascinating setting and a couple of exceptionally interesting central characters compensate for a plot that threatens occasionally to drown in detail."
Inter-agency rivalries, Cuban-American politics and prisoners of the War on Terror combine to rattle—quite sharply—the life of an FBI agent in Guantánamo, Cuba. Read full book review >
THE WARLORD’S SON by Dan Fesperman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 16, 2004

"Bleak and gritty, but thoroughly believable, especially the reporting scenes."
Fesperman's experience reporting firsthand for the Baltimore Sun made The Small Boat of Great Sorrows (2003) the best thriller to come out of the Bosnian war; now, he goes to the Tribal Lands between Pakistan and Afghanistan in the last days of the Taliban. Read full book review >
THE SMALL BOAT OF GREAT SORROWS by Dan Fesperman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 30, 2003

"Pray for more."
Baltimore Sun foreign correspondent and crime novelist Fesperman (the award-winning Lie in the Dark, 1999) brilliantly re-creates Cold War chill in post-Bosnian Europe. Read full book review >
LIE IN THE DARK by Dan Fesperman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 9, 1999

"Though Fesperman's take on civil crime in a country at war won't seem especially original to fans of Graham Greene or John le CarrÇ—or, for that matter, of Philip Kerr or J. Robert Janes—his portrait of shattered Bosnia can stand with their bleakest work. (Author tour)"
What's one more casualty in war-torn Sarajevo? Read full book review >