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An extraordinary thriller debut of twenty-first-century espionage, by a former deputy assistant secretary of state who “knows where all the bodies are buried—literally” (W. E. B. Griffin)

The Golden Hour: in international politics, the hundred hours following a coup, when there is still a chance that diplomacy, a secret back channel, military action—something—might reverse the chain of events

As the top American diplomat for West Africa, Todd Moss saw a great deal about how diplomacy and politics actually work. But as he shows us, the results aren’t always pretty.

When Judd Ryker is appointed director of the new State Department Crisis Reaction Unit, he figures he has a mandate to help the United States respond more quickly to foreign crises, but he hasn’t reckoned with the intense State, Defense, Pentagon, White House, and CIA infighting and turf battles he would face. Then comes the coup in Mali. It is his chance to prove that his theory of the Golden Hour actually works—but in the real world, those hours move very, very quickly indeed … and include things he’d never even imagined.

As Ryker races from Washington across Europe to the Sahara Desert, he finds that personalities, loyalties, everything he thought he knew, begin to shift and change beneath his feet—and that friends and enemies come in many forms.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A superbly realistic, high-powered thriller about a bloody coup in Africa and the desperate efforts of the State Department, CIA, and US military to counter it. The novel introduces the unforgettable character of Judd Ryker, an international crisis fixer. It’s all here: spectacular and exotic settings, terror, violence, beauty, good and evil and everything in between. It is just about impossible to stop reading this book.”

    Douglas Preston, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Cemetary Dance

  • “A novel that makes your heart race…a thriller that weaves diplomacy and national security together with espionage, terrorism and Washington infighting.”

    Washington Post

  • The Golden Hour combines the virtues of a spy-and-diplomacy thriller with a realistic inside look at the workings of America’s worldwide crisis-response system. The next time you hear about coups or turmoil in a troubled corner of the world, and the debate about whether and how the United States should intervene, think of the characters in this book. Tom Clancy used fiction to illuminate the world of the military; Todd Moss is using it to reveal the world of diplomacy.”

    Atlantic

  • “Outstanding debut…An intriguing cast of morally dubious characters, an intricately constructed plot, and a tantalizing cliffhanger make this thriller a page-turner of the highest order.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “In the real world of high-level international intrigue, those who know usually don’t tell much and those who tell usually don’t know much. Todd Moss is the exception. He combines an insider’s knowledge with the storytelling skills of a master. Just read a few pages—you won’t be able to stop.”

    Moises Naim, author of The End of Power

  • “An extraordinary international thriller debut from a writer who has lived and breathed every inch of it. Moss knows where all the bodies are buried—literally.”

    W. E. B. Griffin, author of the Corps Series

  • “Written by an insider with intimate knowledge of Washington and Africa, The Golden Hour leaps out of today’s headlines, a riveting thriller that mixes diplomacy, terrorism, and international intrigue at the highest levels in equal measures.”

    Francis Fukuyama, author of The End of History

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About the Author

Todd Moss is chief operating officer and senior fellow at the Washington think tank the Center for Global Development and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. From 2007 to 2008, he served as deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of African Affairs, where he was responsible for diplomatic relations with sixteen West African countries. Moss lives in Maryland.