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March 2012 - The C.I. Desk is now available in Kindle, Nook, and iPad ebook formats!

2011 - New Nonfiction Release Details One Man's Experiences in the FBI and CIA

The C.I. Desk:  FBI and CIA Counterintelligence As Seen From My Cubicle

is released by author Christopher Lynch

Christopher Lynch was one of the long-term unemployed in Kalamazoo, Michigan, when he saw a small want ad for a job with the FBI.  Months later, he started in the mailroom at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.; thirty years later, he left the CIA as a senior counterintelligence officer.  The years that passed between these two posts make up the story told in The C.I. Desk:  Counterintelligence  As Seen From My Cubicle.  Lynch spent these years on the job absorbing and observing the arcane culture of counterintelligence as practiced by the U.S. and its adversaries.

Lynch's work at the FBI focused especially on a KGB officer handled in the field as an "in place" penetration of Soviet intelligence.  As the years went by, FBI agents and coworkers frequently tapped him as a knowledgeable resource on KGB operations, practices, and personnel, and he was assigned projects that valued his "fresh looks" at FBI CI targeting.  Eventually, Lynch came to be supervised by Robert P. Hanssen, whose spying exposed the KGB officer's cooperation with the United States, leading to the latter's imprisonment in the Soviet gulag.  When Lynch made his move to the CIA, his specialties eventually included analysis of CIA operational tradecraft and detecting hostile control for cases that spanned the globe.  He worked on operations involving defectors, double agents, and traitors, and was a part of several closed door "special projects" in counterintelligence and counterespionage.

The C.I. Desk:  FBI and CIA Counterintelligence As Seen From My Cubicle is a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes at the FBI and the CIA, showing the routine, the thrilling, and the sometimes funny or tragic human side of the work of FBI agents, CIA officers, and the unsung people on Headquarters desks.  Author Christopher Lynch, a graduate of Michigan State University, retired after thirty years of service and now lives near Washington, D.C., where he "enjoys traveling, rediscovering old friends, and chipping away at a sleep deficit accumulated over thirty years."

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The C.I. Desk:  FBI and CIA Counterintelligence As Seen From My Cubicle
Christopher Lynch
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-160844-739-8
448 pages

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Book design by Dog Ear Publishing

cover photo by Jaymast/iStock.com

baboon and author photos by Chris Lynch

The baboon on the cover:  The baboon added to the photo on the cover has inadvertently served as a kind of Rorschach test -- former coworkers have their own interpretations of what it means.  For the "original" explanation for its presence, please note the "baboon poster" entry in the index and look up the text.  That's the same baboon now on the book's cover.    



The C.I. Desk: FBI and CIA Counterintelligence As Seen From My Cubicle follows the author from the mailroom to the locked doors of compartmented “special projects” in Headquarters-level counterintelligence (CI).

In 1976, Chris Lynch joined the Intelligence Division mailroom at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., for three dollars per hour.  He soon moved on to the first of many CI “desks,” and was then invited to join a newly-formed analytical unit, becoming responsible for the reporting from a KGB officer being handled “in place.”

Over the years, he became the FBI’s “go-to guy” for information on KGB practices and personnel, and was often called upon for a “fresh look” at FBI CI targeting techniques. Moving to the CIA in 1985, Lynch’s specialties included detecting hostile control and analysis of CIA operational tradecraft, working on cases that spanned the globe.

He was part of the initial CIA effort to investigate the losses of Soviet sources eventually attributed to the mole Aldrich Ames. His story includes unique details on high-profile CI and counterespionage cases, agents, and officers, including convicted spy Robert P. Hanssen, who was Lynch’s supervisor for two years, and the dramatic case of a KGB officer whose cooperation with the FBI was exposed by both Ames and Hanssen.

Readers won’t be able to put down this fascinating insider’s look at undercover, double agent, and other CI operations at both FBI and CIA Headquarters.