Author Blurbs

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“A charming and unusual portrait of the secret life.” –JOHN LE CARRÉ, author of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

“If you’re married to a spy, the always fraught arena of a relationship turns into a positive minefield. What does that all-night absence mean? What can you begin to say to the kids? In Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant, Lillian McCloy gives us the story of a life spent around secret intelligence that is funny and charming and in every wonderful sense, deeply spooky. This is the story John le Carré keeps out of his gripping bestsellers.” –PICO IYER, author of The Art of Stillness and Video Night in Kathmandu

“We’ve all read the romanticized accounts of a CIA officer’s life overseas. Rarely do we ever get to read about the spy’s family. Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant by Lillian McCloy is an engrossing, decades-long memoir of foreign life under deep cover for the CIA. McCloy reveals the intrigue, danger and humor of clandestine life in her thoroughly entertaining account of a CIA family’s nomadic lifestyle. Few living in the U.S. will ever encounter the unique trials and tribulations of the McCloy family, but what a fascinating read it is!” –ALAN B. TRABUE, CIA (Ret.), author of A Life of Lies and Spies

“I learned about Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant from a colleague who served as an undercover CIA officer for his entire career. My wife and I were in the exact same program for most of my career prior to retiring in 2010. Our experiences were remarkably similar to those detailed by the author. I would highly recommend that this book be required reading for new officers.” –PUBLISHED AUTHOR/RETIRED UNDERCOVER CIA OFFICER (Author’s CIA history is not public; name withheld upon request)

“Lillian McCloy poured her great heart and soul into a clear-eyed recounting of a life spent wandering the world behind a deep cover agent. My sincere congratulations on her achievement. A wise fellow once said that writing is the easiest thing in the world; all you have to do is open a vein and let the blood flow freely . . . ”–JOSEPH GALLOWAY, co-author of We Were Soldiers Once . . . And Young

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Lillian & Frank, 1973

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Lillian & Frank, 1985