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The C.I. Desk: FBI and CIA Counterintelligence As Seen From My Cubicle puts a spotlight on the working level of FBI and CIA operations, from the day-to-day to the thrilling, the sometimes funny and sometimes poignant sides of FBI, CIA, and KGB officers, agents, double agents, illegals, and moles, from the perspective of one of the unsung people who sat on Headquarters desks. This fascinating story is told clearly and energetically, with wry, self-effacing humor and a great deal of empathy for all. In a varied C.I. career, including detecting hostile control of operations and analyzing tradecraft, Christopher Lynch worked for convicted spy Robert P. Hanssen at the FBI. Lynch was also a small part of early efforts to identify the mole eventually identified as Aldrich Ames at the CIA. But it's KGB officer Boris Yuzhin, whose story is threaded throughout the book, which puts a human face on Hanssen's and Ames' treachery.
The author was one of the long-term unemployed in Kalamazoo, Michigan, when he finally found a job at the FBI in Washington, D.C., in the Intelligence Division mailroom. He was an eager learner, fascinated by counterintelligence work that sometimes made the front pages, and became a valued resource on KGB practices due to his responsibility for Yuzhin's reporting. He later moved to the CIA in a career that spanned thirty years, working on cases that spanned the globe, including several closed door "special projects." Throughout the book, Lynch is remarkably candid, even about his own career coming to an end, and provides fresh insights into many of the generation's landmark counterintelligence cases, and the fascinating people he came across while on "the C.I. Desk."