Spook: Specter, ghost, revenant. Slang for "intelligence agent." Country: In the mind or in reality. The World. The United States of America, New Improved Edition. What lies before you. What lies behind. Spook Country: The place where we all have landed, few by choice. The place where we are learning to live.
Hollis Henry is a journalist, on assignment from a magazine called Node. Node doesn’t exist yet, but it seems to be actively preventing the kind of buzz that magazines normally try to cultivate. That would be odd, and even a little scary, but she can’t afford to think about it. Tito is in his early twenties. His family came from Cuba. He speaks fluent Russian, lives in one room in a warehouse in Manhattan, and does delicate jobs involving information transfer. Milgrim is a high-end junkie, hooked on prescription anti-anxiety drugs. He figures he wouldn’t survive if Brown, the mystery man who saved him from a misunderstanding with his dealer, ever stopped supplying the little bubble-packs. What Brown is up to, Milgrim can’t say. It seems to be military. Bobby Chombo is a “producer.” In his day job Bobby is a troubleshooter for military navigation equipment. He refuses to sleep in the same place twice. He meets no one. Hollis Henry has been told to find him.