Sep 28, 2013 — In Blowback, Plame channels her expertise in nuclear counterproliferation into a "realistic portrait" of a female covert agent. Plame confesses that there's a lot of downtime in the life of a spy, but still, the CIA is "the world's biggest dating agency."
May 16, 2013 — A dirty deed and official cover-up drive the plot in John le Carre's A Delicate Truth. The novel sets its sights on old-boy corruption and corporate criminality at the heart of the "Deep State," but critic Alan Cheuse finds this latest effort lacks the tension of le Carre's Cold War novels.
Aug 16, 2012 — In fiction, novelists Sebastian Rotella and Tahmima Anam explore cultural frictions along South America's "triple border" and in Bangladesh, respectively. In nonfiction, Jermaine Jackson remembers his brother Michael, and Charles King explores the history of Odessa, Ukraine.
Jun 26, 2012 — Love knows no bounds, and in these five books, passion leaps from the page. You'll be swept off your feet by three novels and two memoirs that take up the mischievous matters of the heart.
Sep 24, 2011 — In his first novel, investigative reporter Sebastian Rotella explores the paranoia and tensions of a border patrol agent infiltrating a Mexican drug gang. Rotella uses his own experience covering South America to make the story as authentic as possible.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of A Quiet Flame by Philip Kerr. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Aug 13, 2009 — Set in the 1920s and 1930s — mostly in the section of the city that later became East Berlin — Philip Kerr's crime novels feature a climate of extreme violence and debauchery, full of rogues, cheats and liars.
Feb 17, 2008 — For three years starting in 1975, NBA referee Bob Delaney lived inside the New Jersey mafia. He chronicles his time undercover with the mob — and his subsequent career as an NBA referee — in a new memoir.
Jul 5, 2005 — Writer Charles Bowden's new book A Shadow in the City tells the story of an undercover cop who spent 23 years on the front lines of America's drug war. That mission takes its toll on the protagonist, who sees drugs ruin lives — those of users and dealers— and loses faith in the fight. Alex Chadwick talks to Bowden about the book.
Apr 25, 2005 — From 1998 to 2000, William Queen went undercover for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and rode with the Mongols, a southern California motorcycle gang. His new book is Under and Alone.