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  • Forthcoming in June 2007 from Forge Books.

    “Hillhouse has set a new standard for the 21st Century spy thriller.  Stunning and eye-opening.”

    --Nelson DeMille

    “To understand what’s happening in our world, you need to read this book.”

    --David Morrell

    Outsourced, a terrific thriller, reads like the very best non-fiction.  I believed every scene.”

    --James Patterson

    In Outsourced a Pentagon spy infiltrates a for-profit, private military corporation suspected of collaborating with terrorists.  He becomes a target in the multi-billion dollar War on Terror and the only one he can trust is his ex-fiancée.  The problem is the CIA has hired her to kill him.



Dr. Hillhouse is an expert on national security outsourcing. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post and others and stories she's broken on her blog have been picked up by wire services and the international press. Her work has twice elicited a formal response by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence--the only times that office has ever publicly responded to the writings of a private citizen.

The Wall Street Journal has called RJ Hillhouse's life "exotic" and The New York Times found her writing "equally daring." Hillhouse has run Cuban rum between East and West Berlin, smuggled jewels from the Soviet Union and slipped through some of the world’s tightest borders. From Uzbekistan to Romania, she's been followed, held at gunpoint and interrogated. Foreign governments, among others, have solicited her for recruitment as a spy. (They failed.) The St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote that “she's truly like James Bond and Indiana Jones all rolled into one."

A former professor and Fulbright fellow, Hillhouse is fluent in several languages. She studied in Central and Eastern Europe for over six years at various institutions including Moscow State University, Moscow Finance Institute, Humboldt University of Berlin, Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen (Germany) and Babes-Bolyai University (Cluj, Romania). She eared her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and her MA in Russian and East European Studies as well as her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan. She has published in major academic journals and has lectured at major institutions including Harvard, Stanford and the Smithsonian.

Her widely-acclaimed debut novel, Rift Zone, was selected as one of the best books of 2004 by the American Booksellers Association. Her latest novel, Outsourced, is about the turf wars between the CIA and the Pentagon and the privatization of military and espionage.

She is a frequent media guest.

Email her at: RJH AT thespywhobilledme DOT com