His novel “Body of Lies,” about a CIA operation to nab a top terrorist, was adapted as a 2008 movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe.
If you want to know what really goes on in the morally ambiguous world of high-stakes spycraft, you might look to the novels of David Ignatius.
Novelist is one of two hats Ignatius wears.
The other is journalist, which he’s been for more than 40 years. For 27 of those years he’s written about foreign affairs, first for The Wall Street Journal and then for The Washington Post, where he writes a twice weekly column.