The Matchmaker: A Spy in Berlin (Paperback)
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The Matchmaker: A Spy in Berlin (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages
Published: 17/02/2022
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Berlin, 1989. Anne Simpson, an American who works as a translator at the Joint Operations Refugee Committee, thinks she is in a normal marriage with a charming East German. But then her husband disappears and the CIA and Western German intelligence arrive at her door. Nothing about her marriage is as it seems.
Anne had been targeted by the Matchmaker - a high level East German counterintelligence officer - who runs a network of Stasi agents. These agents are his 'Romeos' who marry vulnerable women in West Berlin to provide them with cover as they report back to the Matchmaker. Anne has been married to a spy, and now he has disappeared, and is presumably dead.
The CIA are desperate to find the Matchmaker because of his close ties to the KGB. They believe he can establish the truth about a high-ranking Soviet defector. They need Anne because she's the only person who has seen his face - from a photograph that her husband mistakenly left out in his office - and she is the CIA's best chance to identify him before the Matchmaker escapes to Moscow.
Time is running out as the Berlin Wall falls and chaos engulfs East Germany. But what if Anne's husband is not dead? And what if Anne has her own motives for finding the Matchmaker to deliver a different type of justice?

Publisher: Bedford Square Publishers
ISBN: 9780857304490
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

There is a casual elegance to Vidich's spy fiction (now numbering five books), a seeming effortlessness that belies his superior craftsmanship. Every plot point, character motivation and turn of phrase veers toward the understated, but they are never underwritten. The Matchmaker is an ideal entrance into Vidich's work, one that should compel new readers to plumb his backlist - New York Times (Editors' Choice)

Vidich's books are one of the glories of the contemporary spy scene - Techno Trenz

Vividly drawn. Vidich skilfully weaves Anne's story - and her growing strength - into the wider political backdrop, ramping up the tension in a complex, engrossing tale - Financial Times

Vidich's books are one of the glories of the contemporary spy scene. Subtle, sophisticated (with echoes of Graham Greene) - The i

With a capable female protagonist, Vidich brings a modern sensibility to the complex machinations of the traditional spy novel - Washington Post (10 Noteworthy Books for February)

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