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Darien Library Hosts Former CIA Agent, Novelist Thursday

Meet former CIA officer and Darien native Martha Peterson at the Darien Library.
Meet former CIA officer and Darien native Martha Peterson at the Darien Library. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Darien Library

DARIEN, Conn. -- Martha Peterson, a former CIA officer and Darien native, will tell her first-hand account of a true Cold War spy operation in Moscow, recounted in her novel, "The Widow Spy" at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Darien Library.

Peterson, a Class of 1963 graduate from Darien High School, was one of the first women to be assigned to Moscow by the CIA.

Her story begins in Laos during the Vietnam War, where she accompanied her husband, a CIA officer. She describes their life in a small city in Laos, ending with the tragic death of her husband in 1972.

Then her own 30-year career begins in Moscow, where she walks the dark streets alone, placing dead-drops and escaping the relentless eye of the KGB.

She was arrested and was detained in Lyubianka Prison for an extended period.

She retired in 2003 to North Carolina after a 32-year career with the CIA.

Books will be available for purchase at the event.

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