By David Ignatius
Now again in print: the "superlative secret agent novel" (New York instances) via the writer of the red-hot mystery A Firing Offense.Agents of Innocence is the ebook that demonstrated David Ignatius's popularity as a grasp of the unconventional of up to date espionage. Into the treacherous global of transferring alliances and arcane subterfuge comes idealistic CIA guy Tom Rogers. Ordered to penetrate the PLO and recruit a high-level operative, he quickly learns the heavy expense of innocence in a time and position that has little need for it.
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Rogers began his CIA career with a mixture of ambition and idealism. The agency was a place, in those days, for doing good and doing well. Rogers had all the basic skills of a good case officer—the drive, the intelligence, the intuitive sense of how to manipulate others. And he had one thing more: the burr under his saddle, which left him never quite comfortable or content. He fell into the Middle East almost by accident. The agency was offering a two-year training program in Arabic for interested new recruits.
Tell them,” said Rogers, “that we are in the development phase of what we expect will be a penetration of the senior leadership of the Fatah guerrilla organization. ” “Not bad,” said Hoffman. ” And that was exactly what the DDP approved in early December 1969. 8 Beirut; December 1969 Christmas was only a few weeks away. Half the embassy, it seemed, was planning to take home leave for the holidays. The other half was scheming to take trips to Paris and London on embassy business. Ambassador Wigg gave a lavish Christmas party the first week of December.
Rogers’s discomfort eased as he saw the French diplomat’s wife ambling toward him. She was an attractive woman, dark-haired and sensuous, her age difficult to determine but somewhere in the long march between thirty and fifty. Her dress was open in the back, revealing a deep tan that was the product of months of determined sunbathing. ” said Dominique Plateau, talking with very wide eyes about the weather. Yes, indeed, said Rogers. It was a beautiful day. He took a gin and tonic from a silver tray and decided to enjoy Beirut.
Agents of Innocence by David Ignatius