Damascus Station

David McCloskey

A CIA officer and his recruit arrive in Damascus to hunt for a killer

‘The most realistic and authentic depiction of modern-day tradecraft in nonpermissive and hostile environments you will find in print. I am shocked the CIA’s Publication Review Board allowed David McCloskey’s Damascus Station to see the light of day. Read it now, before it is banned!‘ – Jack Carr, Navy SEAL sniper and New York Times bestselling author of The Devil’s Hand

CIA case officer Sam Joseph is dispatched to Paris to recruit Syrian Palace official Mariam Haddad. The two fall into a forbidden relationship, which supercharges Haddad’s recruitment and creates unspeakable danger when they enter Damascus to find the man responsible for the disappearance of an American spy.

But the cat and mouse chase for the killer soon leads to a trail of high-profile assassinations and the discovery of a dark secret at the heart of the Syrian regime, bringing the pair under the all-seeing eyes of Assad’s spy catcher, Ali Hassan, and his brother Rustum, the head of the feared Republican Guard. Set against the backdrop of a Syria pulsing with fear and rebellion, Damascus Station is a gripping thriller that offers a textured portrayal of espionage, love, loyalty, and betrayal in one of the most difficult CIA assignments on the planet.


ISBN: 9781800752696

Published: January 26, 2023


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Reviews for Damascus Station

Damascus Station is simply marvellous storytellinga stand-out thriller and essential reading for fans of the genre’ – Financial Times

‘For an authentic representation of what it’s like to work in intelligence, look no further than Damascus Station. McCloskey has captured it all: the breathtaking close calls, the hand in glove of tech and ops, the heartbreaking disappointments, the thrill of a hard-won victory’ – Alma Katsu, author of Red Widow and former CIA and NSA analyst

‘So staggeringly good, I nearly cannot believe it’s a debut novel. David McCloskey is a spectacular talent. Even this early in his career, he calls to mind Frederick Forsyth and Daniel Silva’ – New York Times bestselling Gregg Hurwitz, author of Orphan X

Standout debut from a veteran former CIA officer … packed with insider knowledge and the story itself feels completely authentic. The action rolls across Paris and Damascus to make a cracking, highly topical tale of espionage, intertwined with an electric romance’ – Adam LeBor, Financial Times


David McCloskey

David McCloskey is a former CIA analyst and former consultant at McKinsey & Company. While at the CIA, he worked in field stations across the Middle East and briefed senior White House officials and Arab royalty. He lives in Texas.