In 1946, genius linguist and codebreaker Meredith Gardner discovered that the KGB was running an extensive network of strategically placed spies inside the United States. Over the course of the next decade, he and young FBI supervisor Bob Lampshere worked together on Venona, a top-secret mission to uncover the Soviet agents and protect the Holy Grail of Cold War espionage - the atomic bomb.
Opposites in nearly every way, Lampshere and Gardner relentlessly followed a trail of clues that helped them identify and take down the Soviet agents one by one, including Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. They uncovered atom spy Klaus Fuchs in the UK. But at the centre of this spy ring, seemingly beyond the American agents' grasp, was the mysterious master spy who pulled the strings of the KGB's extensive campaign. Lampshere and Gardner began to suspect that a mole buried deep in the American intelligence community was feeding Moscow Centre information on Venona. They raced to unmask the traitor and prevent the Soviets from fulfilling Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev's threat: 'We shall bury you!'
A breathtaking chapter of history and a page-turning mystery that plays out against the tense, life-and-death gamesmanship of the Cold War, this twisting thriller begins at the end of World War II and leads all the way to the execution of the Rosenbergs - a result that haunted both Gardner and Lampshere.
Howard Blum is an American author and journalist. Formerly a reporter for the The Village Voice and The New York Times, he is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and the author of several non-fiction books, including the New York Times bestseller and Edgar Award winner American Lightning. While at the New York Times, he was twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.