Urgent, topical and shot through with insider knowledge, the final thriller in the Red Sparrow trilogy is writing on a grand scale.
'Matthews beguilingly blends the fun and sexiness of Ian Fleming with the more procedural, information-rich approach of John le Carre and Frederick Forsyth' Sunday Times
'A provocative and timely novel exploring the notion of Russian influence in the US's corridors of power' Guardian
Russian counterintelligence chief Colonel Dominika Egorova has been an asset of the CIA for over seven years. She has also been in a forbidden and tumultuous love affair with her handler Nate Nash, mortally dangerous for them both, but irresistible.
In Washington, a newly installed administration is selecting its cabinet members. Dominika hears whispers of a Russian operation to place a mole in a high intelligence position. If the candidate is confirmed, the Kremlin will have access to the identities of CIA assets in Moscow, including Dominika.
Dominika recklessly immerses herself in the palace intrigues of the Kremlin, searching for the mole's identity and stealing secrets before her time runs out.
With a plot ripped from tomorrow's headlines, The Kremlin's Candidate is a riveting read and a thrilling conclusion to the trilogy than began with Red Sparrow and Palace of Treason.
Jason Matthews is the real deal. As an Operations Officer in the CIA, his brief was simple: steal secrets from the opposition and protect his own. Over a thirty-three-year career, Matthews served in multiple overseas locations, specializing in denied-areas operations and national security. He conducted agent recruitment in key counter-proliferation regions, including the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, East Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean. As a retired chief in various CIA stations, there are few people on the planet better positioned to write about the thrilling world of espionage, intelligence and counter-terrorism.