Hunter, a foreign counterintelligence agent for the FBI, was lead investigator in the case against master spy John Walker, who led what top officials called the most damaging espionage ring in US history. He presents an insider's account of the detection, pursuit, and capture of the US Navy communications expert and his partners in espionage. This work is the first to discuss interviews with Walker's relatives, with judges and prosecutors involved in the case, and with the KGB general who supervised Walker. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Pete Earley, author of Confessions of a Spy: The Real Story of Aldrich Ames
"Had it not been for Bob Hunter, the John Walker spy ring never would have been unmasked. With this book, the veteran FBI spy-catcher gives us an inside look at how he outsmarted perhaps America's most notorious and damaging traitor in a spy case hailed by the KGB as its greatest triumph in the Cold War. Hunter's fact-filled narrative is a must read for anyone who wants to know how real spies operate and why treachery came so easily to John Walker Jr. and his band of modern-day Judases."
G. William Whitehurst, former member of the House Armed Services Committee and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
"In this comfortable conversational account, Bob Hunter takes us along in his pursuit of the most dangerous spy in American history. Only the man who led the investigation could write a book that enables the reader to share the emotions of the agent bent upon apprehending and bringing the infamous John Walker and his family of conspirators to justice."
John E. Douglas, former FBI profiler and author of Obsession
"A must read for anyone interested in understanding the mind and motivation of a real-life spy."
Rear Adm. Thomas A. Brooks, USN (Ret.), former director of naval intelligence
"The most complete account of the Walker case ever written. I simply couldn't put it down."From Library Journal:
John Walker was one of the Soviet Union's most successful agents for nearly 20 years before he was finally caught in May 1985 by the author, an FBI counterintelligence agent. Hunter's story, told over a decade after the fact, remains a riveting tale. He and his fellow agents were able to capture Walker and also implicate Walker's brother and son in an espionage ring that had been operating for years out of the naval base in Norfolk, VA. Hunter does not hide his disdain for his quarry, a man who probably provided over a million pages of classified documents to the Soviets over two decades and seriously compromised U.S. defense capabilities. Hunter is not a professional writer, and his prose is stilted in spots, but this only makes the text more believable as it delves into FBI spy-breaking methods, which are at times surprisingly unsophisticated. For those who like John le Carr? novels, here is a book that is all the more chilling because it really happened. For general collections.AEdward Goedeken, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames
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