Sunday, 17 August 2008

Listen to the Terminal Spy from August 19

"The English Autumn was unseasonably warm, and November 1, 2006, the day , Alexander Litvinenko began to die, was no exception."

It reads like a John Le Carré, but THE TERMINAL SPY is the story of the Russian émigré and former intelligence officer, by Alan S. Cowell. Then London Bureau Chief of the New York Times, Cowell covered the story from its inception, and he has written the definitive story of the life and death of Alexander Litvinenko (1962-2006), the events leading to his assassination and its international implications.

Despite the dogged reporting, the trail ends in a confusion of possibilities. Cowell concludes that the quest for a motive for Litvinenko's murder "defied easy answers." But it seems there is just one of two possible conclusions we can draw clearly. The use of polonium suggests high level approval to enable its use in an international assassination, or an extremely dangerous substance believed to be available only in secure military establishments is on sale for the average hitman. Readers will make their own conclusions.

,: A True Story of Espionage, Betrayal, and Murder -- The First Act of Nuclear Terrorism and the New Cold War,", published by Random House in hardcover, went on sale on August 5, 2008.(ISBN: 978-0-385-52355-4) The unabridged WMA Digital Audiobook is due for release on August 19. ISBN: 9781415957097.

About the Author
Alan S. Cowell was the London bureau chief of the New York Times when the events narrated in this book reached their climax. Previously, Cowell served as a correspondent for Reuters and the New York Times in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He has been based in twelve capitals and reported the news from around ninety countries and territories. Cowell is married and has three children. He is now based in Paris.

This new publication follows a year after the book written by Marina Litvinenko, the former dissident's wife, and a friend Alex Goldfarb : Death of a Dissident: The Poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko and the Return of the KGB published in June 2007 by Simon & Schuster (ISBN-13: 9781416551652)

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