If crime thriller novelists are to be believed, CIA agents rival politicians and lawyers as the least trustworthy professions. Intelligence salaries and pensions are so low that they accept bribes from America's enemies to turn a blind eye to their heinous activities. Some, such as Aldrich Ames, are caught. How many are not?
Last To Die by Tess Gerritsen, 328pp, 2012 Bantam paperback. Available at Asia Books and leading bookshops, 650 baht.
Are the authors exaggerating their numbers? Readers have no way of knowing. Yet books about such real and imaginary rogues keep coming out.
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