Red Traitor

Owen Matthews

July 2021 Copies in English Original publisher: DoubledayThriller

Alexander Vasin returns in the stunning new thriller from Owen Matthews, set against the background of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

MOSCOW. SUMMER. 1962: Alexander Vasin is a Moscow homicide detective seconded to the KGB. With his reputation as a spycatcher preceding him, he has been directed to find a high-ranking US mole within the Kremlin. His suspect, Colonel Oleg Morozov, is surveilled around the clock, but won’t — or can’t — reveal a double life.

As Vasin learns to his cost, Morozov has redoubtable friends. As he pressure on Vasin to expose Morozov becomes unbearable, he finds himself in the middle of a vicious knifefight between powerful Kremlin factions. One group is alarmed by the decision to send Soviet atomic weapons to Cuba. The other believes that a preemptive nuclear attack on the United States wouldn’t be the end of the world…

Owen Matthews’ thriller is based on terrifying, little known real events. It confirms Matthews as a major new talent.


“Matthews generates remarkable tension in this perfectly executed two-pronged thriller” — Booklist, starred review