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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407038346
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448

The Terminal Spy


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A true story of espionage, betrayal and murder.

The story of Russian émigré and former agent Alexander Litvinenko's death by radiation poisoning in a London hospital captured headlines around the globe.

It quickly became known as one of the most mysterious and audacious crimes of the post-Cold War era, and triggered an international investigation led by London's top counterterrorism officials.

Blending the pace of a thriller with original reportage and research, The Terminal Spy documents Litvinenko's life and death, the ensuing police investigation, the reaction from Vladimir Putin and others in Moscow, the Russian émigré set in London, and the implications of this case for nuclear proliferation and international terrorism in the future.

  • Pub date: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407038346
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448

About the Author

Alan Cowell

Alan Cowell is a journalist for The New York Times. He was awarded the George Polk Award for his coverage of apartheid South Africa that led to his expulsion from that country. He has also been nominated for a Pulitzer prize for foreign reporting and was awarded the Nathaniel Nash prize.

He lives in London with his wife and three daughters.


Praise for The Terminal Spy

“An absorbing account of Mr. Litvinenko's life and bizarre murder”

New York Times

“Written in the style of the mature reporter, meticulous on detail, racy but without being overheated. The depth of research is impressive...The definitive book of the Litvinenko sada”

Evening Standard

“[Cowell's] account is compulsively researched and sourced...His narrative is truculent, wary of his garrulous sources, and he creates a real rogues' gallery of suspects”

The Guardian

“Brilliantly gripping narrative...a true-life tale that would make John le Carre and Frederick Forsyth go weak at the knees”

East Anglian Daily Times

“Cowell narrates his gripping story in painstaking detail, and with the common sense and professionalism of the distinguished journalist”

Simon Sebag Montefiore, Scotsman


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