Anonymous Sources

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Published by: Gallery Books
Release Date: March 4th, 2014
Pages: 368
ISBN13: 978-1476715551


“A fast paced thriller that is hard to put down. The atmosphere rings true on every page.”
—General Michael Hayden (Ret.), Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

Thom Carlyle had it all: the rowing trophies, the Oxbridge education, the glamorous girlfriend. But on a glorious summer evening in Harvard Square, Thom is murdered—pushed from the top of a Harvard bell tower. The New England Chronicle sends a beautiful but troubled reporter named Alexandra James to investigate. It is the story of a lifetime. But it is not what it seems. Alex’s reporting takes her abroad, from the cobbled courtyards of Cambridge, England… to the inside of a network of nuclear terrorists… to the corridors of the CIA… and finally, to the terrorists’ target itself.

As she unravels the threads of the story, Alex the hunter becomes Alex the hunted. An assassin sent to kill her only narrowly misses. Her laptop disappears. Her phone is tapped. And she begins to grasp that Thom Carlyle was killed to hide a terrifying conspiracy.


“An authentic view of the media, intelligence, and terrorism that is a real page turner. Kelly gets how the national security world really works.”
Richard A. Clarke, former White House Counterterrorism Chief and author of The Scorpion’s Gate

“In Mary Louise Kelly’s entertaining new novel, a smart, sexy reporter wanders into the midst of a truly scary terrorist plot. In the manner of an Alfred Hitchcock thriller, Kelly’s heroine has to outfox the conspirators to escape. This book is great fun, from beginning to end.”
David Ignatius, columnist for The Washington Post and author of Bloodmoney

“A great spy thriller…I couldn’t put it down. The plot’s great and the details are delicious.”
Joel Brenner, Former Inspector General of the National Security Agency and author of America the Vulnerable

“Mary Louise Kelly blends the worlds she knows so well–Harvard, Cambridge, Washington, the news room and the American intelligence community–into a fast paced thriller that is hard to put down. The atmosphere rings true on every page as she weaves a taut tale from a young man’s apparent suicide to a terrorist attempt at the highest seat of American power. Her reporter-heroine Alexandra James would do a case officer proud!”
General Michael Hayden (Ret.), Former Director of the CIA and the NSA

“A spectacular debut! Anonymous Sources combines sparkling entertainment with one of the most genuinely chilling plots I’ve ever read. Mary Louise Kelly’s experience as a national-security reporter infuses this novel with depth, wit, and authenticity.”
Allison Leotta, author of Speak of the Devil

“Mary Louise Kelly knows the modern landscape of international terror, from dusty Pakistan to the chic environs of Cambridge and Georgetown. She understands the porous interstices of power, where politics, intelligence and journalism overlap. But most of all she has mastered the mental geographies of the journalist, the terrorist, and the spy: the competing ideals, the gritty reality, and the layers of wisdom or self-deception they employ in reconciling them. You won’t put this down.”
Robert Grenier, former CIA Head of Counterterrorism