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Jason Matthews, a first-time author out with a debut spy novel, knows what he’s writing about. Matthews is a retired CIA officer with 33 years of experience collecting national security intelligence overseas. Like Ian Fleming, the former British spy who wrote the James Bond novels, Matthews packs insider details of spy techniques into his fiction. The novel pits a beautiful Russian agent against an ambitious rookie CIA officer who handles the agency’s most important Russian mole. Matthews talks about his novel, "Red Sparrow," and the secret world of espionage.
Excerpt from "Red Sparrow" by Jason Matthews. Copyright 2013 by Jason Matthews. Reprinted here by permission of Scribner. All rights reserved.