Books: Enchanted City AGENTS OF INNOCENCE

by David Ignatius Norton; 444 pages; $17.95

Question: Name a new book by an editor of the Washington Post dealing with the subject of the Central Intelligence Agency. Hint: Bob Woodward's much ballyhooed Veil, an expose by the renowned Watergate reporter of the deeds and alleged confessions of the late director William J. Casey, does not count. Reward: those who come up with the correct answer can settle down to read an uncommonly informative and intriguing espionage thriller.

Agents of Innocence, a first novel by Washington Post Associate Editor David Ignatius, demonstrates an admirable flair for transcribing screaming headlines into plausible matters of fiction. Before he joined the...

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