Jason Matthews (novelist)

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Jason Matthews (born 1951) is the author of the Red Sparrow spy novel trilogy. Prior to becoming a novelist, Matthews spent 33 years working for the CIA.[1] While in the CIA he was officially a diplomat, in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean, but his real job was recruiting and then managing foreign agents.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Jason is married to Suzanne, also a former officer. [3]


In 2014, his first novel, Red Sparrow (2013), won an Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author.[4] Writer and critic Art Taylor praised it in The Washington Post, writing that it "isn't just a fast-paced thriller—it's a first-rate novel as noteworthy for its superior style as for its gripping depiction of a secretive world."[5] It was adapted into a movie of the same name starring Jennifer Lawrence.[6]

In 2015 and 2018, he published Palace of Treason and The Kremlin’s Candidate which are the sequels to Red Sparrow.


  1. ^ McGrath, Charles (May 27, 2015). "Shadowing Jason Matthews, an Ex-Spy Whose Cover Identity Is Author". The New York Times. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  2. ^ Shadowing Jason Matthews, New York Times.
  3. ^ My Mom Was A Spy For The CIA, And This Is What She Wore To Work
  4. ^ "Category List – Best First Novel | Edgars Database". The Edgars. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  5. ^ Art Taylor (October 15, 2013). "'Red Sparrow,' a fantastic new spy thriller by former CIA operative Jason Matthews". The Washington Post.
  6. ^ Kelly, Mary Lousie (March 5, 2018). "'Red Sparrow' Author And Ex-CIA Agent Says New Movie Gets Spy Life Right". NPR. Retrieved 5 August 2018.