Bernard Besson

Bernard Besson

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.


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

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