Published: April 9, 2010
By Casey Cep
The celebrated C.I.A. agent John Wells returns to action in “The Midnight House,” Berenson´s fourth spy thriller to combine ripped-from-the-headlines political developments with popular entertainment…
A former New York Times reporter, Berenson combines his thorough knowledge of the Middle East with an acquired sense of corporate intrigue in this bullet-paced, psychologically engaging tale of torture and espionage.
By cutting between the murder mystery and the operations of the torture squad, Berenson explores the realities of war and terror as assiduously as he does the personal dramas of politics and civilian life. A master juggler, he tosses in a few corrupt national intelligence agencies and the conspiracy-laden assassination of Benazir Bhutto without slowing his pace or stalling his shocking conclusion.