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About Susan Hasler

Susan HaslerSusan Hasler is a Berkeley-educated turkey farmer’s daughter who spent 21 years at the Central Intelligence Agency before resigning to become a novelist, lampwork artist, cat wrangler, and parrot perch. She does not miss Langley. Not one bit.

At the Agency, Hasler served variously as a Russian linguist, a Soviet analyst, a speechwriter to three Directors of Central Intelligence, and a counterterrorism analyst. An ethnic bureaucrat, Hasler writes about her people with rare insight. She chronicles the dedicated public servants, the vicious turf warriors, the dead wood, the craven ass coverers, and the after-hours lovers who meet atop the conference table, swiping away coffee rings with their sweaty haunches.