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Spy Hunter: Inside the FBI Investigation of the Walker Espionage Case Hardcover – May, 1999
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John Walker was one of the Soviet Union's most successful agents for nearly 20 years before he was finally caught in May 1985 by the author, an FBI counterintelligence agent. Hunter's story, told over a decade after the fact, remains a riveting tale. He and his fellow agents were able to capture Walker and also implicate Walker's brother and son in an espionage ring that had been operating for years out of the naval base in Norfolk, VA. Hunter does not hide his disdain for his quarry, a man who probably provided over a million pages of classified documents to the Soviets over two decades and seriously compromised U.S. defense capabilities. Hunter is not a professional writer, and his prose is stilted in spots, but this only makes the text more believable as it delves into FBI spy-breaking methods, which are at times surprisingly unsophisticated. For those who like John le Carr? novels, here is a book that is all the more chilling because it really happened. For general collections.AEdward Goedeken, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames
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An interesting eyewitness account. -- Booklist, Gilbert Taylor, Mar. 1, 1999
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Top customer reviews
The book gives interesting examples on the use of the polygraph machine in determining an individual's innocence or guilt. Walker would repeatedly try to defeat the machine by providing answers he believed would vindicate him. The book also provides an interesting description of how the tracking and capture of Walker took place. While being interviewed he bragged that K-Mart has a better security system than did the navy.
Walker's son received a 25-year sentence for his involvement while Walker, his brother, and best friend were sent to prison for life. Prior to being sentenced Walker received an unsympathetic, stern rebuke from the judge for his behavior.
In addition to this book I have read books spies such as Aldrich Ames, Jonathan Pollard, and Robert Hanssen. All have been interesting and informative.
A good read
I read this book over a weekend because I simply could not put it down. I enjoy the way the story was told. Our country should thank the FBI, Bob Hunter, and his team for their professionalism in catching America's most damaging spy.