David Wise, a veteran author on American intelligence and espionage topics, has been signed by Random House executive editor Robert Loomis to do a book on the Robert Philip Hanssen FBI spy case—at least the third such book currently in the works. Loomis said of the acquisition, made from agent Sterling Lord at Sterling Lord Literistic: "When this case broke, David was the first person I thought of to write the story. He has the knowledge, experience and deep access it will take." Loomis bought U.S. and Canadian rights in the book, which he hopes to publish as soon as next year. Wise is the author of a number of books about the intelligence establishment and its doings, including most recently Cassidy's Run: The Secret Spy War over Nerve Gas. He was also coauthor of the bestselling The Invisible Government, about the CIA.