For readers new to the “Countless Lies” series, “End of Lies” (March, 2019) may be the best jumping off point. For one thing, the themes of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election and the possibility of a deep state coup remain topical in 2019. For another, “End of Lies” is the shortest (110,000 words) and fastest read. If you like “EOL,” then you can go back and pick up “Sea of Lies” and “Pack of Lies.”

Explanations of conspiracies fascinate me, but only plausible ones. The “Countless Lies” series addresses various conspiracies or unsolved mysteries in a suspenseful and believable fashion. Of course, I’m not offering a definitive solution to riddles such as the disappearance of flight MH370. Do I think hijackers landed MH370 in the Irrawaddy Delta? No. Do I think mechanical malfunction caused a pilotless MH370 to fly along a Doppler-defined arc only to disappear forever in the Southern Ocean? No. Almost five years after the jet’s disappearance, there is still plenty to be learned about MH370’s fate. I hope “Sea of Lies” and “Pack of Lies” prompt others to ask the governments leading the search efforts—the US, Australia, France and Malaysia come to mind—to share all their findings with the public. Recall that “None of is smarter than all of us.” I started by trying educate myself. In addition to hundreds of hours of research and interviews, from 2014-2018 I traveled to Burma, Australia, the US and Sri Lanka multiple times to visit many of the sites (and some of the people) depicted fictionally in the “Countless Lies” series.

One common thread throughout “Countless Lies” is the Nolan family, retired CIA code breaker and patriarch Bob; long-suffering and unforgiving wife Joanie Lam; vivacious daughter Mei-Ling; and pugnacious college student Bert. Sexy China intelligence chieftain Yu Kaili is a frequent participant, though it’s hard to tell what her true feelings are for our anti-hero Bob (and vice versa). Frank Coulter and Anatoly Chumakov remain implacable foes.

People ask me what the books are like that they may have seen or read elsewhere. I suspect that if you are a TV person and watch “Homeland”, “The Americans”, “Luther”, “True Detective” (S1) or “24” then you’re going to like the “Lies” novels. Movie fans who enjoyed “Syriana”, “Taken”, “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” or (showing my age) “The Conversation” should be able to have some fun as well.

If you like the classic George Smiley spy novels of le Carré (“The Honourable Schoolboy” is a favorite as it’s set in Asia), Charles McCarry (check out his Paul Christopher thrillers), and Deighton’s Bernard Samson (“Berlin Game” for the first in “Game, Set and Match”) books then you should like “Countless Lies”. I can’t in good faith claim to write to the standard of those three giants.

I do, however, take care to make the events depicted in “Countless Lies” realistic. And no actions described require physical prowess beyond that of a normal (non-superhuman) anti-hero in his fifties.

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I’m originally from Ohio but after student stopover in London I headed East and here I’ve stayed for thirty-five years. Along the way, I’ve been fortunate enough to live mostly in Singapore, but also logged many years in Hong Kong with stops in Kuala Lumpur, Bangalore and Colombo.

The “Countless Lies” books are the culmination of nagging doubts dating back over thirty years. In 1985 a leading Asia newspaper alleged that my Singapore housemate was the Singapore CIA chief of station. This came as news to both of us. I have questioned appearances versus reality ever since. MH370’s disappearance spurred me to write a novel. In 2014, I traveled to Burma three times to research “Sea of Lies”, meeting helpful people who became very loose models for several characters. I crafted the plot from these people’s and my speculations, public research and my Asia experiences.

I’m a keen mountain biker, former baseball coach and avid fisherman. I enjoy red wine, dark chocolate and raucous friends around the table. If you’d like to connect, I’m on Twitter @TrueLiesBlog. I’m also on Facebook under Bradley West, Author.