"An Honourable Man" Paul Vidich
"An Honourable Man" by Paul Vidich publishes on 22nd September 2016 in Hardback with No Exit Press.
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 the 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 in to 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.
This book is receiving huge international praise so far. I was particularly impressed to read the quote below from Schiff as "The Americans" has definitely been one of my favourite TV series recently and I think there has been a resurgence of interest in the Cold War era in both television, film and novels in the last 12 months or so.
Stephen Schiff, writer and co-executive producer of "The Americans" writes:
"A cool, knowing and quietly devastating thriller that vaults Paul Vidich into the ranks of such thinking-man's spy novelists as Joseph Kanon and Alan Furst. Like them, Vidich conjures not only a riveting mystery but a poignant cast of characters, a vibrant evocation of time and place, and a rich excavation of human paradox."
John Connolly says that this novel is a "rare beast: a good old fashioned spy novel. ....For a book about the Cold War, it left me with a warm, satisfied glow."
Jayne Anne Phillips, New York Times bestselling author describes the book as an "immensely assured debut, a requiem to a time...intensely dark, silken with facts, replete with promise."
The reviews left by established authors suggest that Vidich is going to be a very strong, new voice in spy thriller fiction and that this book is definitely one for that TBR pile! Mine's added - I can't wait to read it and be swept away by a world of betrayal, moral compromises and excitement!
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 and Writers and The New School for Social Research. A founder and publisher for the Storyville App, Vidich is also an award winning author of short fiction. This is his first novel.