National (In-)Security: Fifty Notable American Espionage Novels: 17-19.

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Hood, William Joseph.  Spy Wednesday.  .New York: Norton, 1986.

A former C.I.A. station chief, Hood first came to attention with his nonfiction book, Mole (1982).  It chronicled Hood’s part in the decision by Soviet operative Pyotr Popov to become a double-agent, the details of the operation which went undetected for seven years, and then the KGB’ discovery of Popov’s deception and his eventual execution for treason.

Four years later, in his novel, Spy Wednesday, Hood attempted to treat the subject of espionage with the same insider’s understanding of what is truth and what is popular myth.  The novel’s main character, Alan Trooper, has resigned from “the Firm,” an unofficial off-shoot of the C.I.A. created in the 1970s to avoid critical congressional oversight of and intense media attention to the agency’s activities.  Trooper is convinced to re-involve himself in intelligence work by the opportunity to determine how the KGB…

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