“Young, blonde, lithe and nicely sexy”: Valerie Plame Pens a Spy Novel

A sequel is already in production

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Valerie Plame at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City on October 6, 2010.

The covert agent whose public outing by the Bush administration brought down a senior administration official has co-written a new spy novel based, loosely, on her life as a spook, The Washington Post reports.

Valerie Plame’s new novel “Blowback” is, per the Post, about a “young, blonde, lithe and nicely sexy” secret agent named Vanessa Pierson who races the clock to save the world, or the U.S., or somebody anyway, from the threat an Iranian nuclear bomb. The book, written with author Sarah Lovett, won’t be released for a couple weeks but according to the Post, Plame says the heroine with the familiar initials is, surprise surprise, “a reflection of my younger self.”

The book sounds predictable, formulaic, and totally readable, if you’re into that sort of thing. “You’re acting like a goddamn cowboy — I can’t begin to list your sins,” a boss tells Plame…er, Pierson…after the agent once again goes outside the legal boundaries in pursuit of the mission.

In any case, as the Post notes, more Plame spy fiction is to come. A sequel, “Burned,” with “More thrills, danger, romance and sex!” according to a press release, is already in production.

[The Washington Post]