Jason Matthews is a retired officer of the CIA’s Operations Directorate. Over a 33-year career he served in multiple overseas locations and engaged in clandestine collection of national security intelligence, specializing in denied-area operations. Matthews conducted recruitment operations against Soviet–East European, East Asian, Middle Eastern, and Caribbean targets. As Chief in various CIA Stations, he collaborated with foreign partners in counterproliferation and counterterrorism operations. Jason Matthews is the author of the Edgar Award-winning author of RED SPARROWandPALACE OF TREASON. He lives in Southern California.