American novelist

Jason Matthews retired after 33 years in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations as a clandestine operations officer and senior manager.

His first novel, Red Sparrow won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel and was adapted into a film starring Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton.

He is survived by his wife and fellow intelligence veteran, Suzanne Moran Matthews, and their two daughters.


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Not since the good old days of the Cold War has a classic spy thriller like Red Sparrow come along. Jason Matthews is not making it up; he has lived this life and this story, and it shows on every page. High-level espionage, pulse-pounding danger, sex, double agents and double crosses. What more can any reader want?

Nelson DeMille
on Red Sparrow

Matthew's stellar conclusion to his Red Sparrow trilogy [...] a suspenseful thriller that races to a heart-pounding and unexpected resolution.

Publishers Weekly (starred review)
on The Kremlin's Candidate