Biography

Alex Berenson

Alex Berenson was born in New York in 1973 and grew up in Englewood, N.J.  After graduating from Yale University in 1994 with degrees in history and economics, he joined the Denver Post as a reporter. In 1996, he became one of the first employees at TheStreet.com, the groundbreaking financial news Website.

In 1999, he joined The New York Times.  At the Times, he  covered everything from the drug industry to Hurricane Katrina; in 2003 and 2004, he served two stints as a correspondent in Iraq, an experience that led him to write THE FAITHFUL SPY, his debut novel, which won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel.

He has now written five John Wells novels and one work of nonfiction, THE NUMBER. He left the Times in 2010 to devote himself to writing fiction, though he still contributes occasionally to the Times.

Alex lives in Garrison, NY with his wife, Dr. Jacqueline Berenson, their daughter Lucy,  their badly behaved dog Maggie, and Maggie’s dog Teddy.

Alex Berenson

Books by Alex Berenson

by Alex Berenson - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

In an Istanbul hotel, a deep source warns a CIA agent that Iran intends to kill a CIA station chief. John Wells is called in to investigate, but before he can get far, the tip comes true. Which means that the next warning the source gives will be taken very seriously indeed. And it’s a big one. We’ve put a package on a ship from Dubai to the United States. A radioactive one. A bomb? Not yet. It’s a test run.

by Alex Berenson - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Four friends, recent college graduates, travel to Kenya to work at a giant refugee camp for Somalis. But after 12 weeks, they’re ready for a break and pile into a Land Cruiser for an adventure. They get more than they bargained for, though, when bandits hijack them. John Wells is asked to try to find them; when he arrives, he finds that the truth behind the kidnappings is far more complex than he imagined.

by Alex Berenson - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

In 2009, the CIA's Kabul Station fell for a source who promised to lead it to Bin Laden, but instead blew himself up. More than two years later, the station is still floundering, and the CIA's chiefs wonder if it somehow has been infiltrated by the Taliban.

by Alex Berenson - Fiction, Thriller

In Saudi Arabia, a series of terrorist attacks has put the Kingdom on edge. King Abdullah is losing his hold, and his own secret police cannot be trusted. With nowhere to turn, the king asks for ex-CIA agent John Wells's help.