Please welcome guest blogger Piper Bayard … a terrific writer and friend! I love her Bayard & Holmes newsletter and her mostly fun, but sometimes serious, blog (links all below!) I’m so glad she’s here at MSW today, so please make her feel welcome!
James Bond vs. The Spook
By Piper Bayard
I work with Bond. James Bond. The real one.
Please don’t ask me how a small town author/belly dancer/recovering attorney grew up to be the writing partner of one of the world’s most seasoned covert operatives, because that is a story I can never tell. But I can tell you this . . . It’s nothing like fiction.
His name is Holmes. Jay Holmes. And unlike James Bond, that’s not his real name. That’s because when covert operatives reveal their identities – even decades after they are out of deep cover – people die. Assets and loved ones alike become targets. So when a celebrity author shows up in an “I’m a Spook” T-shirt flaunting a “covert” career, it’s a dead giveaway that though she may have done some great and necessary work with an intelligence agency, she has never been a covert operative in the field. Covert operatives must forever keep a Chinese wall around their true identities.