DISCOVER WHAT HAPPENS NEXT AFTER THE RED SPARROW STARRING JENNIFER LAWRENCE . . .
'Superb. Enthralling. Shimmers with authenticity' NEW YORK TIMES
'The greatest ever female character in spy fiction' SUNDAY TIMES MAGAZINE
A young woman is cornered on a deserted boulevard. Moments later she walks away, leaving her assailant for dead. Meet Dominika Egorova, of the Russian intelligence service.
An elderly man walks into the American embassy with a story to tell.
The most unlikely of traitors is uncovered by the most dangerous of men.
A brilliant, unorthadox CIA agent must single-handedly connect the dots to stop an intricate house of cards from toppling in a cold war that's taken a terrifying new twist.
'Taut, fast paced and authentic. A great American spy novel'
'A dazzling thrill-filled journey across the globe'
'Portrays the heart-pounding rhythms of on-the-street espionage better than any novelist in recent memory'
Matthews follows 2013's Red Sparrow, which won both the Edgar and Thriller awards for best first novel, with a sequel that's every bit as good as his debut. CIA case officer Nate Nash and Capt. Dominika Egorova of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) are still in love, and their relationship threatens to undermine a CIA scheme to sabotage the Iranians' secret uranium enrichment program. Dominika is a mole within the SVR, providing valuable intel to the Americans, especially after she wins the personal approval of President Vladimir Putin. But Dominika has a jealous rival within the SVR, Col. Alexei Zyuganov, a sadistic psychopath who will do anything to thwart her career. Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., a disaffected CIA officer, in retaliation for being passed over for promotion, starts feeding the Russians information that could lead to Dominika's exposure as a spy for the Americans. Authentic tradecraft, a complex plot that steadily builds tension, and credible heroes and villains on both sides make this a standout. Recipes at the end of each chapter provide some welcome relief from some brutal violence. Seven-city author tour.