The Nature of the Beast
"This is a profoundly disturbing political thriller, revealing the hidden forces that run our country and govern our lives, with a villain as purely evil as Popeye in Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury."
Ted Morgan, biographer;
Pulitzer prizewinner More
Before Eisenhower left office, a subcategory of thriller quickly tagged "the CIA novel" had started to crop up on enterprising publishers' lists. Protagonists during this heyday of the Agency tended to come through as hardbellied, unreflective patriots, foils a la Tom Clancy. But once the Bay of Pigs was recognized for the spectacular embarrassment it was, a succeeding generation of writers started to project the operations shop at Langley increasingly as a paradoxical and sinister apparatus: a mixed global blessing, a nemesis in world affairs.