About Todd


Todd Moss, formerly the top American diplomat in West Africa, draws on his real-world experiences inside the U.S. Government to bring to life the exhilaration—and frustrations—of modern-day foreign policymaking.

In addition to the Ryker thriller series (four books with Penguin’s Putnam), Todd is the author of several non-fiction books on international affairs. He is currently Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington DC, a nonresident scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute, and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. He holds a PhD from the University of London and a BA from Tufts. Todd lives in Maryland with his family.


David with with General Aziz

The author with General Aziz, August 2008

The Golden Hour was originally inspired by the August 2008 coup d’état in Mauritania when Todd was dispatched by Secretary Condoleezza Rice to negotiate with the junta leader General Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.

Washington-POst-logoRead more about Todd in “A thriller writer’s challenge: Make U.S. policy in Africa a page turner,” Sept 1, 2014.



photo credit: Shawn Miller