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December 1, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In Person: An Evening with Peter J. Lapp & UM’S OLLI


December 1, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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Books & Books and the University of Miami Osher Lifelong Learning Institute present…



Queen of Cuba: An FBI Agent’s Insider Account of the Spy Who Evaded Detection for 17 Years

(Post Hill Press, $28.99)

Friday, December 1st, 7:00 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables


Books & Books & the University of Miami Osher Lifelong Learning Institute are excited to present an evening with Peter J. Lapp for Queen of Cuba: An FBI Agent’s Insider Account of the Spy Who Evaded Detection for 17 Years (Post Hill Press, $28.99).

This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event so make sure to stay after the talk for a book signing! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.

About the Book:

As a spy prepared to give away America’s biggest secrets after the 9/11 attacks, an FBI agent raced to catch her.

U.S. government officials knew they had a spy. But it never occurred to them it was a woman—and certainly not a superstar Defense Intelligence Agency employee known as “the Queen of Cuba.”

Ana Montes had spent seventeen years spying for the Cubans. She had been raised in a patriotic Puerto Rican household: Her father, a psychiatrist, was a former colonel in the U.S. Army. Her sister worked as a translator for the FBI and helped break up a ring of Cuban spies in Miami. Her brother was also a loyal FBI agent.

Montes impressed her bosses, but in secret, spent her breaks memorizing top secret documents before sending them to the Cuban government. She received no payment, even as one of her missives could have brought her the death penalty.

She also listened to anxiety-relief tapes, took medication, and saw a psychiatrist. She dreamed of a normal life where she could work a job she enjoyed. She dreamed of getting married, and even had a man in mind: a defense analyst on the Cuba account for Southern Command. He had no idea that, three times a week, Montes pulled a short-wave radio from her closet and received encrypted messages from Cuba.

After the 9/11 attacks, Cuba wanted Montes to continue her work. They couldn’t know the FBI was already on to her. Retired FBI agent Peter J. Lapp explains the clues—including never-released information—that led their team to catch one of the United States’ most dangerous spies.


About the Author:

Peter J. Lapp retired as a special agent for the FBI after twenty-two years either investigating or managing counterintelligence investigations involving Cuba, Russia, and China. Before joining the FBI, he worked as a police officer in the Coatesville and West Whiteland police departments in Pennsylvania. He earned his bachelor’s in criminal justice at West Chester University and his master’s in criminal justice at St. Joseph’s University. He served several years in the Army National Guard as an infantry officer. After retiring from the FBI, Lapp founded an independent consulting firm and conducts keynote speaking to help organizations mature their insider-risk programs. Lapp now lives in Loudoun County, Virginia, and performs on the winery circuit as a singer and guitarist. His daughters say he’s not internationally well known; he’s only “county famous.”