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How to Catch a Russian Spy: The True Story of an American Civilian Turned Double Agent

Naveed Jamali will be giving a fascinating presentation on his auto-biographical thriller, How To Catch a Russian Spy: The True Story of an American Civilian Turned Double Agent.For three nerve-wracking years, Naveed Jamali spied on America for the Russians, trading thumb drives of sensitive technical data for envelopes of cash, selling out his own beloved country across noisy restaurant tables and in quiet parking lots. Or so the Russians believed. In fact, this young American civilian was a covert double agent working with the FBI. The Cold War wasn't really over. It had just gone high-tech.


How to Catch a Russian Spy is the one-of-a-kind story of how one young man's post-college adventure became a real-life US counter-intelligence coup. He had no previous counter-espionage experience. Everything he knew about undercover work, he'd learned from Miami Vice and Magnum P.I. reruns and movies like Ronin, Spy Game, and anything with Bond or Bourne in the title. And yet, hoping to gain experience to become a Navy intelligence officer, he convinced the FBI and the Russians they could trust him. With charm, cunning, and a big load of naivete, he matched wits with a veteran Russian military-intelligence officer who was recruiting spies on American soil, out-maneuvering the Russian spy and his secret-hungry superiors. Along the way, Jamali and his FBI handlers cast a rare light on espionage activities at the Russian Mission to the United Nations in New York and earned a solid US win in the escalating hostilities between Moscow and Washington.


Now, Jamali reveals the whole engaging story behind his double-agent adventure--from coded signals on Craigslist to the Russian spy's propensity for Hooters' Buffalo wings. Cinematic, news-breaking, and "hilarious" ( The Washington Post), How to Catch a Russian Spy is an armchair spy fantasy brought to life. Film rights sold to 20th Century Fox for director Marc Webb ( The Amazing Spider-Man, 500 Days of Summer).

Event Date: 
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Covington Library
27100 164th Avenue SE
Covington, WA 98042
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ISBN: 9781476788821
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Published: Scribner Book Company - June 23rd, 2015

[A] page-turner of a memoir....This highly entertaining read is enhanced by the author's self-deprecating sense of humor.
" Publishers Weekly""

Review Quotes:
"A Cold War-style thriller, full of Russians, federal agents, code names and, in the lead, a New York techie who preps for his double-agent moments by practicing lines from 'Goodfellas' and 'Scarface.' Jamali makes his tough-guy dreams come true by outwitting a Borat-like Russian intelligence officer who recruits him to commit treason. The finale, like in every Bond film, goes down in a New Jersey Hooters. A hilarious book that is being made into a movie."
--The Washington Post, Funniest Book of the Year

" How to Catch a Russian Spy simply blew me away. Imagine John Le Carre assigning a spy mission to Walter Mitty and you have Naveed Jamali. His fascinating account strips away the glamour of fictional espionage, replacing it with even more provocative reality. Here, spies communicate by Craigslist, thumb drives are as dangerous as a Walther PPK, and agents and handlers meet at Hooters. Viewers of 'The Americans' will love this story's take on the real world of espionage. There are no George Smileys here, but there is a hero whose patriotism is quite stirring."
--Gary Weiss, former Senior Writer for Business Week and bestselling author of Born to Steal