New York Times bestselling novelist David Lindsey, who lives in Austin, Texas, discusses his writing — and the booming contract espionage business that is the subject of his latest novel cycle — with Rag Radio’s Thorne Dreyer. (Go to post to listen to the interview.) Lindsey has written books in the mystery, suspense, and thriller genres, and his 1990 novel, Mercy, was a motion picture starring Ellen Barkin. In 2007, David Lindsey started researching the astonishing rise of post-9/11 government outsourcing of national intelligence. Privatized spying has become a multi-billion dollar industry and private contractors now command 70 percent of the national intelligence budget.

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