Chapter One: Washington, D.C.The Library Bar, St. Regis Hotel
923 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C.
Monday, August 18, 11:00 PM EDT
The navy-blue envelope lay on the polished oak table in the center of a pool of warm yellow light, the embossed crest of the National Security Agency in its center gleaming like a fifty-dollar gold piece. During his tenure as a senator attached to the Intelligence Oversight Committee, Drew Langan had been handed several navy-blue envelopes exactly like this one, and he had learned through bitter experience that what was contained inside them was often dangerous to know. Gunther...