The second book in the Maggie series opens with an opening—exhumation of the body of a glamorous Russian-born film star, a woman who was both a double agent working for Maggie and a one-time lover of Maggie’s enigmatic boss at the Bureau (that same “dour, mean-spirited,” albeit “devastatingly handsome,” guy). What happens under the watchful eyes of winged marble cherubs, looking down as the crypt is opened, is enough to cause the delicate sculptures to fly off their chiseled perches.
Here is a true international spy story, with intelligence and counterintelligence plots, secrets and tantalizing revelations, assignations and trickery in Prague, St. Petersburg, and in an antique hearse.
The departed, Tanya Langfeld (born Tasya Petrova) was a successful screen actress in Russia when US director Miles Mayheun signed her for a film epic already underway in Hollywood. US audiences immediately embraced the touchingly beautiful, charismatic Tanya and could not get enough of her. Before leaving Moscow, she already was deeply involved with X, chief of the First Directorate of the FSB (formerly the FBI). Once she had become a darling of the detested Americas, he moved in (only emotionally) and convinced her that she should spy for Russia. Easily swayed, she agreed. And then, later, when she met the irresistible (to all females but Maggie) Logan MacLean, he implored her to spy against the detested Russians. The result? Double-agent psychological disconnection.
Enter into the plot a highly respected, popular atmospheric scientist who apparently committed suicide by hurricane, an elderly Chinese widow with all the answers, a dead body in Maggie’s bedroom, and the plot thickens like her perfectly done Vin de Marchand sauce.Exhaustive investigation by the FBI—given jurisdiction in each case—leads nowhere, except to the conclusion that there is no connection between and among the cases. All three end up in cold storage, where they remain until, nine years later, they land on the desk of Special Agent Maggie Sachet.
Lighting a fire under the cold cases is Adrianna Bell, a tough investigative journalist determined to find a conspiracy behind the murders, prove that the FBI bungled its original investigations, and write a sizzling “ten-year-later” denunciation of the Bureau. Maggie begins a review of the cases and finds only one common factor involved—each of the victims had a list of enemies to rival the Manhattan telephone directory. This pleases her boss, Logan MacLean, an ill-tempered (but devastatingly handsome) Scot, who tells her to do a “quick and dirty” investigation, find not a single shred of evidence of a conspiracy, and exonerate the Bureau.
What begins as an uneasy, suspicious relationship between Maggie and the mysterious, difficult Adriana, develops into something else—a cautious, but friendly working arrangement with a lively spirit of competition. And great sadness.
Maggie’s investigation has more twists and surprises than a Mediterranean pasta salad. Intriguing and conflicting clues begin to surface, leading her back and forth across the country as the cold cases heat up, to a temperature that reaches the danger point. Life and death danger. Now, and not nine years ago.
Named one of the best books in the UK in 2008. A contemporary story that just won’t go away. The British Parliament has re-opened an investigation, and the ramifications of “dirty tricks” on the part of the U.S. continue to haunt. In this case, in a remarkable coincidence, a beautiful 27-year-old British secret servant agent was arrested for high crimes against her country. The authors worked closely with her in telling this incredible story of international deceit and deception.
British Parliament has launched a new and extensive investigation into questionable circumstances surrounding the February, 2003 decision to invade Iraq. Katharine Gun has been called to testify, and her story is once again gaining attention. Parliament is not through with the issue, and what happens in London will become newsworthy around the world. HERE IS A STORY THAT JUST WON’T GO AWAY!
America’s National Security Agency sent a secret email to its British counterpart, GCHQ, the Government Communications Headquarters, inviting the UK to join in a bizarre and highly illegal spy operation against the United Nations. One of the recipients of the message was a young British intelligence officer, who believed the shocking information she now possessed could halt the march to war. But she knew leaking the outrageous plot could mean her arrest and imprisonment.
In the end, Katharine Gun decided to reveal what she had discovered – an illegal American spy plot to manipulate the UN’s authorization of a preemptive strike against Iraq. She did so five days before Colin Powell’s ill-fated and false claims made to the United Nations in his pitch for war.
"What I learned from the secret information i held in my hand was that George Bush and Tony Blair were willing to use patently illegal means to get what they wanted, the war they were telling the world they were trying to avoid.
It seemed to me that if people knew how desperate Bush and Blair were to have a legitimate reason to go to war, people would learn that what they were saying was a lie, that that their intention was not to disarm Saddam, but in fact to go to war. In the end, Katharine Gun decided to reveal what she had discovered – an illegal American spy plot to manipulate the UN’s authorization of a preemptive strike against Iraq. She did so five days before Colin Powell’s ill-fated and false claims made to the United Nations in his pitch for war."
One of the critical untold stories of the Iraq War is told with great passion and sensitivity by Marcia and Thomas Mitchell. It is a fitting tribute to the courage of Katharine Gun who blew the whistle on transatlantic dirty tricks at the highest level of government in London and in Washington. A morality tale for the 21st Century.
Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern:
Katharine Gun packs more guts per square inch than anyone I know. So far the US media had kept the wraps on her important story. Now you can find it all in this gripping narrative.
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"As for the failure of the US media to cover the story, we were astounded. To this day, we are still scratching our heads."