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By Matthew Palmer

An NPR top e-book of the Year

From a veteran insider with over 20 years’ event within the U.S. international carrier comes a taut, insightful mystery of worldwide intrigue and behind-the-scenes foreign politics.

Sam Trainor’s occupation of in another country paintings coupled with a penchant for being outspoken has left him at the outdoors of the aggressive Washington establishment.  previously the pinnacle South Asia professional within the kingdom Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and examine, Trainor has moved to the personal area, operating as an analyst for the consulting enterprise Argus Systems.

But Sam quickly discovers that for all their similarities, the govt and their employed contractors have drastically various factors. As he struggles to regulate to a extra company, profit-driven model of the paintings that were his existence, he stumbles throughout an intelligence anomaly—the transcript of a mobilephone dialog in regards to the quickest how you can upend the fragile political stability holding India and Pakistan from all-out struggle. but Sam is aware that dialog can’t have occurred—because he's having an affair with one of many alleged participants.

As he digs into the resource of this incorrect information, he realizes that extra is at stake than simply undesirable intel. somebody is intentionally twisting the intelligence to stoke the simmering clash among India and Pakistan, nuclear-armed competitors that experience already fought a number of wars. And Sam’s new agency should be as much as its neck in it.

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