The Spy’s Son is the true story of the highest ranking CIA official ever convicted of espionage and the son he recruited to spy for the Russians. Here is the description from Amazon:
“Investigative reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist Bryan Denson tells the riveting story of the Nicholsons—father and son co-conspirators who deceived their country by selling national secrets to Russia.
Jim Nicholson was one of the CIA’s top veteran case officers. By day, he taught spycraft at the CIA’s clandestine training center, The Farm. By night, he was a minivan-driving single father racing home to have dinner with his kids. But Nicholson led a double life. For more than two years, he had met covertly with agents of Russia’s foreign intelligence service and turned over troves of classified documents. In 1997, Nicholson became the highest ranking CIA officer ever convicted of espionage. But his duplicity didn’t stop there. While behind the bars of a federal prison, the former mole systematically groomed the one person he trusted most to serve as his stand-in: his youngest son, Nathan. When asked to smuggle messages out of prison to Russian contacts, Nathan saw an opportunity to be heroic and to make his father proud.”
Jim Nicholson, the highest-ranking CIA official ever convicted of espionage, sells secrets to the Russians and lives above the expected means of a government worker. After the FBI obtains his bank records, agents match his bank account deposits to his foreign trips. The FBI may legally obtain bank records without banks notifying account holders. Then, while Jim Nicholson is in prison, he recruits his vulnerable youngest son, Nathan, to continue spying for the Russians at great risk to Nathan’s safety.
Nathan Nicholson ultimately redeems himself by helping build the case against his father. If there’s anything to cheer for in this story, it’s the hope that Nathan Nicholson continues on his path to redemption. This well-written story by a Pulitzer Prize finalist author will keep your interest to the end. Jason Culp is an exceptional narrator and I recommend the audiobook edition. You can see the audiobook editon by clicking on the image above or the link below:
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