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Bernard Besson, who was born in Lyon, France, in 1949, is a former top-level chief of staff of the French intelligence services, an eminent specialist in economic intelligence and Honorary General Controller of the French National Police. He was involved in dismantling Soviet spy rings in France and Western Europe when the USSR fell and has real inside knowledge from his work auditing intelligence services and the police. He has also written a number of prize-winning thrillers, his first in 1998, and several works of nonfiction. He currently lives in the fourteenth arrondissement of Paris, right down the street from his heroes.

  • IEC Prize for Economic Intelligence (for one of his thrillers)
  • Prix de la Chouette de Cristal
  • Prix Edmond Locard for Best Science Thriller
Who is he?

Find out more about Bernard Besson and his work in this blog post: Espionage: Fact and Fiction in Spy Novels. See also:



“Beneath a calm demeanor is an outstanding investigator and affable teacher of multiple talents writes, with equal success, both the best methodological essays and the darkest thrillers. ”

– Veille Magazine

“Writes with immense talent.”

– Culture et plaisir de lire


“Bernard Besson writes fascinating thrillers based on real social, economic and geopolitical issues of our century.”

– Claudine Monteil, French diplomat

Books in English

The Greenland Breach

by Bernard Besson; translated by Julie Rose—e-book $9.95, trade paperback $16.95—published by Le French Book—ISBN: 978-1-939474-94-0 (Kindle)/ 978-1-939474-95-7 (epub)/ 978-1-939474-07-0 (trade paperback) — First published in French (Groënland, Editions Odile Jacob, Paris)—Direct-to-digital translation; ebook release date: October 30,2013; trade paperback release: April 30, 2014.

Ebook available now.

Click here to read an excerpt.


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