Published: March 3, 2010
By Joe Meyers
Former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson blends fact and fiction so seamlessly in his new thriller, “The Midnight House” (Putnam), that you get the feeling you are learning how things really work in the intelligence community.
Berenson´s protagonist John Wells is a CIA agent who believes in his country – and who knows that in the post-9/11 environment the lines between “us” and “them” have become very vague – but there isn´t an ounce of jingoism in the character or the story.
Wells is a realist in the tradition of some of the men John LeCarre wrote about in his Cold War era intelligence novels, but Berenson eschews the cynicism that has turned off some of LeCarre´s readers…