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Karen Cleveland

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For the last eight years Karen Cleveland has been a CIA analyst, regularly writing briefs for the U.S. President and other senior policymakers. She earned more than a dozen performance awards and graduated from the CIA’s Advanced Analyst Program. While at the Agency, she spent six months on rotation to the FBI, working closely with a Joint Terrorism Task Force. She has master’s degrees from Trinity College Dublin (International Peace Studies) and Harvard University (Public Policy). She spent a year in Ireland as a Fulbright Scholar. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and two young sons.

Genres: Thriller, Mystery

Barry Awards Best First Novel nominee (2019) : Need to Know

Karen Cleveland recommends
The Perfect Wife (2019)
J P Delaney
"A twisty, completely original psychological thriller that grabs you from the start and doesn’t let go until the very end."
When I Was You (2020)
Amber Garza
"A compulsive read . . . with a twist you won't want to miss."
Red Widow (2021)
(Red Widow, book 1)
Alma Katsu
"Red Widow is a spy thriller that shines with authenticity and heart."
Damascus Station (2021)
David McCloskey
"A sweeping spy thriller packed with tension, twists, and true-to-life detail. There’s no doubt that McCloskey is a CIA veteran."
Alias Emma (2022)
(Alias Emma, book 1)
Ava Glass
"I thoroughly enjoyed this fast-paced, action-packed thriller. Move over, James Bond - there's a new hero in town, and she's fantastic."
The Neighborhood (2022)
Matthew Betley
"Reading The Neighborhood feels like watching an action film set in suburbia. My favorite of Matthew Betley's novels."

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