Chasing Shadows

A Special Agent's Lifelong Hunt to Bring a Cold War Assassin to Justice

Fred Burton and John Bruning

Palgrave Macmillan Trade

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On a warm Saturday night in July 1973 in Bethesda Maryland, a gunman stepped out from behind a tree and fired five point-blank shots into Joe Alon, an unassuming Israeli Air Force pilot and family man. Alon's sixteen-year-old neighbor, Fred Burton, was deeply shocked by this crime that rocked his sleepy suburban neighborhood. As it turned out, Alon wasn't just a pilot—he was a high-ranking military official and with intelligence ties. The assassin was never found and the case was closed. In 2007, Fred Burton—who had since become a State Department counterterrorism special agent—reopened the case. Here, Burton spins a gripping tale of the secret agents, double dealings, terrorists and heroes he encounters he chases leads around the globe in an effort to solve this decades-old murder. From swirling dogfights over Egypt and Hanoi to gun battles on the streets of Beirut, this action-packed thriller looks in the dark heart of the Cold War to show power is uses, misused, and sold to the most convenient bidder.

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Fred Burton and John Bruning

Fred Burton is one of the world's foremost experts on security, terrorists, and terrorist organizations. He was deputy chief of the Counterterrorism Division of the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service and is currently a vice president at Stratfor, a global intelligence agency known as the “shadow CIA.” He is the author of Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent and has appeared on the Daily Show, Glenn Beck and Anderson Cooper 360, and on Fox, ABC, and CBS radio. He has also written for the Los Angeles Times, among others. He lives in Austin, TX. 

John Bruning is a military historian and the co-author of House to House. He lives in Independence, Oregon.

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Chasing Shadows
A Special Agent's Lifelong Hunt to Bring a Cold War Assassin to Justice
Fred Burton and John Bruning

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Palgrave Macmillan Trade
April 2011
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780230620551
ISBN10: 0230620558
6.125 x 9.25 inches, 272 pages, Includes one 8-page black-and-white illustration insert
$26.00

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
Palgrave Macmillan Trade
May 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780230339910
ISBN10: 0230339913
5.71875 x 8.9375 inches, 272 pages, Includes one 8-page black-and-white illustration insert
$17.00

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
Palgrave Macmillan Trade
April 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9780230117952
ISBN10: 0230117953
272 pages, incl. 8pp b&w illustrations
$9.99
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