The Coldest Warrior

Pegasus. Feb. 2020. 224p. ISBN 9781643133355. $25.95. THRILLER
On November 27, 1953, bioweapons scientist Dr. Charles Wilson jumps—or is pushed—to his death from the ninth floor of a Washington, DC, hotel. Twenty-two years later, after the release of the Rockefeller Report detailing illegal activities performed by the CIA during that time, agent Jack Gabriel is asked to investigate the mysterious death. The investigation is Jack’s last mission before he retires from the CIA, and it soon pushes him into the crosshairs of his employer, the FBI, and the office of the president, all of whom are eager to hide that Wilson was part of a top-secret germ warfare experiment carried out on civilians during the Korean War. Jack becomes a target as he looks into Wilson’s death and soon discovers that the victim was given LSD before he died. But this truth only leads to more secrets that men in the government would kill to keep.
VERDICT Nonfiction and fiction author Vidich (An Honorable Man) presents a fast-paced, historically accurate thriller, placing him alongside other great spy authors such as John le Carré and Alan Furst. Readers of the genre will want this slow-burn chiller that shows how far government will go to keep secrets.

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