In a CIA safe house, a reluctant interrogator and his subject find that they are the next targets on a ruthless assassin’s hit list.

Psychiatrist Louis Finney is still haunted by nightmares stemming from the work in mind control and psychological conditioning he helped to pioneer for the US government years ago. But when he is asked by his dying mentor to help with the questioning of Ali Zattout, an al-Qaeda operative, Finney finds he cannot refuse.

Charismatic, intelligent, and unexpectedly cooperative, Zattout possesses information his masters in the Middle East cannot allow him to reveal. As Finney tries to determine if the terrorist is telling the truth or spinning a web of lies, a relentless killer closes in on the secret location where the two men are trapped together. Too late, Finney realizes that he is a pawn in a conspiracy whose dimensions stretch deep into the corridors of power.

A provocative suspense story that peers into the dark corners of the war on terror, John Altman’s The Watchmen depicts the murky world of twenty-first-century espionage with thrilling style and fascinating psychological depth.



Forget the competition for thriller of the year. John Altman has already won it, with The Watchmen.

—St. Louis Post-Dispatch


Altman’s blend of suspense, action, psychological depth, and moral murk makes this a wonderful espionage thriller for a Code Orange age.

—Publishers Weekly


Not only a well-told story, but a moving one.

—The Washington Post


This is espionage fiction at its very best.

—Ed McBain, New York Times bestselling author


This is perfect pleasure.The people in Altman’s world are three-dimensional, original, completely outside the stereotypical cardboard of most suspense these days.If you like the occasional thriller, if you long for something that will not insult your intelligence as it fixes you to the edge of your seat, read The Watchmen.

—Book-of-the-Month Club


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