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Author: Ellis Henican, Naveed Jamali Narrator: Kirby Heyborne Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2015 ISBN: 9781442386013
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The fascinating true story of a young American amateur who taught himself to be a secret double agent and helped the FBI bust a Russian spy in mid-2000s New York.

For three nerve-wracking years, Naveed Jamali spied on America for the Russians, trading thumb drives of sensitive technical data for envelopes of cash, selling out his own beloved country across noisy restaurant tables and in quiet parking lots. Or so the Russians believed. In fact, this young American civilian was a covert double agent working with the FBI. The Cold War wasn’t really over. It had just gone high-tech.

How to Catch a Russian Spy is the one-of-a-kind story of how one young man’s post-college adventure became a real-life US counter-intelligence coup. He had no previous counter-espionage experience. Everything he knew about undercover work, he’d learned from Miami Vice and Magnum P.I. reruns and movies like Ronin, Spy Game, and anything with Bond or Bourne in the title. And yet, hoping to gain experience to become a Navy intelligence officer, he convinced the FBI and the Russians they could trust him. With charm, cunning, and a big load of naiveté, he matched wits with a veteran Russian military-intelligence officer who was recruiting spies on American soil, out-maneuvering the Russian spy and his secret-hungry superiors. Along the way, Jamali and his FBI handlers cast a rare light on espionage activities at the Russian Mission to the United Nations in New York and earned a solid US win in the escalating hostilities between Moscow and Washington.

Now, Jamali reveals the whole engaging story behind his double-agent adventure—from coded signals on Craigslist to the Russian spy’s propensity for Hooters’ Buffalo wings. Cinematic, news-breaking, and wildly entertaining, How to Catch a Russian Spy is an armchair spy fantasy brought to life. Film rights sold to Twentieth Century Fox for director Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man, 500 Days of Summer). Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “The end of the Cold War didn’t stop Russia’s intelligence operations in America, as Naveed Jamali’s amusing tale of his life as an amateur spy deftly illustrates.”

    Guy Lawson, New York Times bestselling author of Arms and the Dudes

  • “One early lesson I learned leading SEAL units is that it’s not enough to begin with a good plan—an effective operator must adapt to fast-changing conditions and adjust the plan accordingly. Despite his lack of training, Naveed Jamali intuitively grasped that lesson, repeatedly calling on the main weapon in his amateur’s arsenal—ingenuity—to deceive his opponent.”

    Rorke Denver, New York Times bestselling author of Damn Few

  • "[A] page-turner of a memoir…This highly entertaining read is enhanced by the author’s self-deprecating sense of humor.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • How to Catch a Russian Spy offers a rare opportunity to share in the intensity, fear, and adrenaline rush of working as a double agent, trying to take down a cagey and skilled operative for the world’s most notorious and ruthless gangster regime…Jamali has given us one gem of a comic counter-espionage yarn.”

    Douglas Century, bestselling coauthor of The Dark Art

  • “So celebrated in American pop culture are the tactics of espionage that even a motivated amateur…can take on a real-life Russian intelligence operative, and best him at his own game. What’s most charming about this page-turning account is Naveed’s honesty about his missteps, and the joy he takes in designing deceptions that actually work. Readers will smile right along with him.”

    Lindsay Moran, bestselling author of Blowing My Cover

  • “A gripping true tale of high-level espionage in which the author, Naveed Jamali, impressively displays tradecraft belying his amateur status. His stories of teaming with FBI agent handlers to doublecross Russian spies are nothing short of sensational.”

    Robert K. Wittman, former senior investigator of the FBI National Art Crime Team

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About the Narrator

Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered over twenty Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.