Friday Reads: Bloodmoney by David Ignatius

The FPL Fiction Book Club, Books on the Half Shell, met this week to discuss this espionage thriller.
The book is initially set in Pakistan where we meet Omar as he watches the devastation and death of his family caused by a U.S. drone –We are then introduced to General Malik, head of the ISI- Inter-Services Intelligence, the intelligence service of Pakistan. He is conversing with Cyril Hoffman, Associate Deputy Director of the CIA. Malik wants to know about “this other CIA organization and their operatives…” Hoffman denies there is such an organization. Well then, who is killing these “unofficial” agents and why? Are Americans conducting covert operations unbeknownst to the CIA? Meet Jeff Gertz, head of a counterintelligence agency known as the Hit Parade. His operatives /agents are, in fact, being killed.
Is there a leak? Gertz asks Sophie Marx, a bored agent with a history of counterintelligence successes to investigate. The action takes off from there is this gripping thriller. Was there a double game?
Ignatius, a Washington Post columnist, paints a very real picture of U.S. /Pakistani relations. Ignatius spent a considerable amount of time in the Middle East, his knowledge of the tribal groups and landscape are expansive.
The Thursday morning book club had a new participant, Bob, who once served in the Foreign Service as a diplomat to the Middle East. His insightful comments and anecdotes added another dimension to our discussion. In addition, Bob knows Davis Ignatius quite well. They were neighbors in Washington! We do hope Bob plans to attend more book club meetings.
Join us on February 15 at 7:00 PM or February 16 at 10:00 AM, we will be discussing the next title in our Espionage series, All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer. Copies of the book are available at the Reference Desk. We hope you can attend either meeting!

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