“This taut and fast-paced novel has a particularly compelling feature: Philip Kaplan, after a career in the State Department, brings to his book a sharp political and international sophistication–rare in thrillers, abundant in Night in Tehran.” — Alan Furst
A relentless thriller—written by a former US ambassador—about one American diplomat’s year of living dangerously in Tehran in the days leading up to the Iranian Revolution . . .
David Weiseman is a young, idealistic diplomat who’s been posted to trouble spots before, but nothing compared to this: Tehran, 1979, where the hot and dusty streets are a whirl of religious extremists calling for the overthrow of the ruling Shah, undercover SAVAK agents liable to arrest and torture them, and massive portest that often turn into riots.
Revolution is clearly coming, and Weiseman’s boss—who’s left the State Department to become director of the CIA—wants him to head it off by convincing the Shah that he needs to leave, and finding a suitable replacement before one of the draconian mullahs takes over.
Backed by the CIA, and trailed by a beautiful French journalist he suspects is a spy, Weiseman will soon find, however, that all the warring factions agree on one thing: They hate America, and most of them want him dead. Negotiating is going to take something more than diplomacy . . . .
“Kaplan dramatically shows how competing interests, foreign manipulation, and domestic brutality led to the violent overthrow of the last Persian monarch and one of the longest hostage crises on record. Not just a snapshot in time, this insightful novel is a powerful reminder of how Cold War strategies continue to reverberate through the modern global landscape.” —Publishers Weekly
“Throw away the CIA analysis of Iran and instead pick up Ambassador Phil Kaplan’s brilliant novel, which illuminates the intricacies of diplomacy, espionage, and high-stakes politics in the most dangerous country in the world with clarity and drive. This book should be required reading for senior Pentagon and State Department leaders trying to understand the complexities of our relations in the turbulent Middle East.” —Admiral James Stavridis, 16th Supreme Allied Commander at NATO and 12th Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University