Books by David Wise

Released: Oct. 29, 2002

"Still, a first-rate true-crime story that gets inside the shadowy—and astoundingly average—world of spooks, moles, and ops."
A solidly paced, richly detailed account, by intelligence-community insider Wise (Cassidy's Run, 2000, etc.), of the FBI desk jockey who sold secrets to the Soviet and Russian governments for two decades—and came close to getting away with it. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2000

"A fascinating portrait of Cassidy's double life, emphasizing particularly the toll the spy's career had on his personal life over a prolonged period, though Wise falls flatter when placing the significance of Cassidy's spy operations in the big picture of the cold war."
A solidly told tale of a 22-year espionage operation aimed at foiling attempts by the Soviet Union to pilfer nerve-gas secrets. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1992

"A solid journalistic contribution to one of the enduring controversies in cold war spookery, with close attention paid to the byzantine mind-games that the CIA waged against its enemy and, ultimately, its own staff. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
This Kafkaesque chronicle from CIA maven and novelist Wise (The Samarkand Dimension, 1987; The Children's Game, 1983, etc.) might just as easily be titled Damage: damage to an agency's morale, to its officers and their families, to civil liberties, and ultimately to US military and foreign policy in some of the hottest years of the cold war. Read full book review >