Pete Earley

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Pete Earley is an American journalist and writer of non-fiction books and novels.


A former Washington Post reporter, he is the author of books about the Aldrich Ames and John Walker espionage cases. His book Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town. won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Fact Crime Book in 1996.[1] This book helped free an innocent man from the death row in Alabama. His book about John Walker spy ring, Family of Spies, was a New York Times bestseller and was made into a CBS miniseries starring Powers Boothe and Lesley Ann Warren. In 2007, he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for his book Crazy.[2]

His most recent book, Comrade J, is about Russian SVR defector Sergei Tretyakov.[3]



  • Family of Spies: Inside the John Walker Spy Ring
  • Prophet of Death: The Mormon Blood Atonement Killings
  • The Hot House: Life Inside Leavenworth Prison
  • Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town
  • Confessions of A Spy: The Real Story of Aldrich Ames
  • Super Casino: Inside the "New" Las Vegas
  • WITSEC: Inside The Federal Witness Protection Program
  • Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness, Berkley Trade; (April 3, 2007), ISBN 0-425-21389-7
  • Comrade J: The Untold Secrets of Russia's Master Spy in America After the End of the Cold War, Penguin Books, 2007, ISBN 978-0-399-15439-3,


  • The Big Secret
  • Lethal Secrets
  • The Apocalypse Stone


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