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Tonight MysteryPeople welcomes Edgar Award-winnng author Jason Matthews. He brings the much anticipated sequel to his New York Times bestselling novel and critically acclaimed debut Red Sparrow. Palace of Treason takes readers to Iran’s Natanz Nuclear Fuel Enrichment Plant where the Iranians are working feverishly to enrich enough weapons-grade uranium to produce a nuclear weapon. Vladimir Putin, who sees an opportunity to win favor with Tehran, authorizes a plan to circumvent international sanctions and provide embargoed technology to Iran’s nuclear program.
Washington, guided by Dominika Egorova, CIA’s lissome penetration of the SVR (Russia’s notorious intelligence service) launches an operation to subvert Putin’s plans and cripple Iran’s nuclear facility. Dominika must pass critical intelligence to CIA from within the Kremlin, always a hair’s breadth away from lethal discovery. Mother Russia has her own traitorous mole inside CIA, passing America’s secrets to Moscow, who begins digging to identify Dominika. Will the mole be caught before he passes her name to the SVR?
Palace of Treason sweeps readers from Iran’s secretive nuclear plant, to the Kremlin, to European capitals, to Washington, where Russia’s own spies skulk in the shadows of Beltway parks and strip clubs. Join us for an evening of intrigue!
ABOUT JASON MATTHEWS
Jason Matthews is a retired officer of the CIA’s Operations Directorate. Over a thirty-three-year career he served in multiple overseas locations and engaged in clandestine collection of national security intelligence, specializing in denied-area operations. Matthews conducted recruitment operations against Soviet-East European, East Asian, Middle Eastern, and Caribbean targets. As Chief in various CIA stations, he collaborated with foreign partners in counterproliferation and counterterrorism operations. Jason Matthews’ first novel Red Sparrow (Scribner, 2013) was an instant New York Times bestseller and was awarded the prestigious Edgar Award for Best Debut Novel. He lives in Southern California.