The Matchmaker


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Pegasus Books
Publish Date
6.0 X 8.9 X 1.2 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Paul Vidich is the acclaimed author of The Matchmaker, The Mercenary, The Coldest Warrior, An Honorable Man, and The Good Assassin. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, LitHub, CrimeReads, Fugue, The Nation, Narrative Magazine, and Wordriot. He lives in New York City.


"Vidich adds a welcome feminist twist to the familiar espionage theme of human lives trapped in the vice of competing and equally ruthless governments. From An Honorable Man (2016) through The Mercenary (2021), Vidich has established his position in the forefront of contemporary espionage novelists."-- "Booklist (starred)"
"The strength of the book is the recounting of historical events, many now forgotten or having occurred in another generation. Vidich vividly describes protests in the street and the suspenseful hours as East Berliners learn the order had been given to open the border. But the novel also raises questions such as what happened to the Stasi officials after the Wall came down in 1989. As noted in the book, practically nothing. And why not? History, it appears, is worth studying, for the lessons it delivers."-- "Authorlink"
"With a great narrative and powerful plot twists, the story comes to life and all is slowly revealed by the final chapter. This surely lives up to the standards of Graham Greene and John le Carré, as denoted in the dust jacket blurb. Kudos, Mr. Vidich, for an entertaining read that left me reminiscing of the days of the Cold War."-- "Mystery and Suspense Magazine"
"A woman's life takes a stunning turn and a wall comes tumbling down in this tense Cold War spy drama. Intrigue, murder, and vengeance make for a darkly enjoyable read." -- "Kirkus Reviews"
"Shades of Graham Greene, Eric Ambler and John le Carré hover over the pages of Paul Vidich's The Matchmaker, a Cold War thriller set in West and East Berlin in the eventful years of 1989 and '90. The innovative Mr. Vidich subverts expectations in ways that surprise."--Tom Nolan "Wall Street Journal"
"With a capable female protagonist, Vidich brings a modern sensibility to the complex machinations of the traditional spy novel."--Becky Meloan "Washington Post, 10 noteworthy books for February"
"The Matchmaker is an intelligent, atmospheric, richly written and quietly gripping spy novel. Vidich also deals sensitively with real moral issues around spying and there is a depth to his themes. In all, it is a very impressive achievement. It is still very early in the year, but I think that The Matchmaker will end up being one of the best spy novels of 2022."--Jeff Popple "Murder, Mayhem and Long Dogs"
"There is a casual elegance to Vidich's spy fiction (now numbering five books), a seeming effortlessness that belies his superior craftsmanship. Every plot point, character motivation and turn of phrase veers toward the understated, but they are never underwritten. The Matchmaker is an ideal entrance into Vidich's work, one that should compel new readers to plumb his backlist."--Sarah Weinman "The New York Times Book Review"
"The absorbing drama/mystery takes hold of your attention as Anne's plight unfolds. The looming fall of the Berlin Wall intertwined with the fate of Anne and the spy she's tasked with finding make for a riveting read."--Philip Zozzaro "The Manhattan Book Review"
"Readers interested in more about the Stasi should look for Paul Vidich's novel The Matchmaker. Set in Berlin in the fall and winter of 1989-90, as the GDR was collapsing, the plot concerns a civilian interpreter for the US military, Anne Simpson, who learns her husband is a Stasi illegal. She becomes a pawn in the CIA's effort to take down the mastermind of the operation. The Matchmaker is tightly written and carefully plotted. It grabs you in the first pages and never lets go."--J. E. Leonardson, CIA's Studies in Intelligence Vol 66