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Publisher's Summary

This is a spy story like no other. Private spies are the invisible force that shapes our modern world.

Private spies are influencing our elections, shaping the future of Hollywood, effecting government policies and the fortunes of companies. More deviously, they are also peering into our personal lives as never before, using off-the shelf technology to listen to our phone calls, monitor our emails and decide what we see on social media.

Spooked takes us on a journey into a secret billion-dollar industry in which information is currency and loyalties are for sale. An industry so tentacular it reaches from Saddam Hussein to an '80s-era Trump, from the Steele dossier written by a British ex-spy to Russian oligarchs sitting pretty in Mayfair mansions, from the devious tactics of Harvey Weinstein to the growing role of corporate spies in politics and the threat to future elections.

Spooked is like the best kind of spy story: a gripping tale packed with twists and turns, uncovering a secret side of our modern world.

©2021 Barry Meier (P)2020, 2021 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

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  • 06-08-21

The sound of one axe grinding

A wildly biased (sometimes venomously so) look at a selection of private intelligence firms. Ironically filled with sweeping, unsubstantiated accusations of shoddy work, dishonesty and cravenness aimed at investigators. Regularly tarring them all with the same brush.
This unexplained animosity ruins what could have been an interesting addition to the many (!!) books that already exist on these events and protagonists.
Also why oh why do so many narrators of these books not take the time to research the proper pronunciation of unfamiliar names, places, words, etc.?