In David Ignatius’
gripping new novel, spies don’t bother to steal information … they change it,
permanently and invisibly.
Graham Weber has been the director of the CIA for
less than a week when a Swiss kid in a dirty T-shirt walks into the American
consulate in Hamburg and says the agency has been hacked, and he has a list of
agents’ names to prove it. This is the moment a CIA director most dreads.
Weber turns to a charismatic (and unstable) young man
named James Morris who runs the Internet Operations Center. He’s the CIA’s
in-house geek. Weber launches Morris on a mole hunt unlike anything in spy
fiction—one that takes the reader into the hacker underground of Europe and
America and ends up in a landscape of paranoia and betrayal. Like the new world
of cyber-espionage from which it’s drawn, The Director is a maze of
deception and double dealing, about a world where everything is written in
zeroes and ones and nothing can be trusted. The CIA has belatedly discovered
that this is not your father’s Cold War, and Weber must play catch-up, against
the clock and an unknown enemy, in a game he does not yet understand. Download and start listening now!