Blue Hearts

Blue Hearts

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by Jim Lehrer
     
 

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You can never really retire from the Agency. Charles Avenue Henderson, who now runs a pricey bed-and-breakfast in West Virginia and spends his days hiking trails, not following them, is about to be reminded of that salient fact more vividly than he'd like. All he really wants is a little recognition for his covert work on the Kennedy assassination with his cold-war…  See more details below

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You can never really retire from the Agency. Charles Avenue Henderson, who now runs a pricey bed-and-breakfast in West Virginia and spends his days hiking trails, not following them, is about to be reminded of that salient fact more vividly than he'd like. All he really wants is a little recognition for his covert work on the Kennedy assassination with his cold-war buddy Bruce Conn Clark, a powerful Washington consultant and distinguished elder statesman. But it's not so simple, as he learns one morning when his hotel room in D.C. is bombed just as he's going out to buy the paper. In fact, Charlie's quiet, uncomplicated life turns terrifying faster than he could have imagined; the next day someone severs the brake line in his car. Forced to scrape the rust off spook skills he hasn't used in years, he begins to investigate and finds that all the signs point to Bruce Conn Clark. But why would the former secretary of state want Charlie dead? As the investigation deepens and the stakes grow higher, Bruce and Charlie discover that while decades-old promises and secrets could destroy them, they might also give them back their youth. The ensuing game of spy versus spy may be their toughest yet. Blue Hearts is filled with characters from real life, such as James Jesus Angleton, John McCone, and Alexander Gannady Petrov, and other spies and public figures both real and imagined. It's also replete with Washington gossip and tidbits that only a writer with sources inside Langley could provide. Blue Hearts is as thrilling a ride through the assassination conspiracies, cold-war battles, and covert operations of the last thirty years as any spy-novel aficionado could hope to find.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The co-anchor of The MacNeil/Leh rer NewsHour is a Washington observer who knows the world he portrays in this brisk, breezy spy story, the kind Company men might tell each other around a fireplace on a cold winter night. Charlie Henderson, owner of a bed-and-breakfast in West Virginia, and Bruce Conn Clark, former Secretary of State, have three things in common: both are former CIA agents; both were awarded Blue Hearts, the Company's version of the Purple Heart; and both worked on a special assignment just after the Kennedy assassination, under orders from Lyndon Johnson to find out whether the Soviets were behind the president's death. Now, 30 years later, a chance meeting and conversation threaten to expose the results of their research and reveal a still-hidden secret. From the opening attempt on Henderson's life to a climax that deftly foils the reader's expectations, the pace never lags. Switching gears from his funny ``One-Eyed Mack'' novels, Lehrer has managed to come up with that rarity in spy fiction: an original and extremely plausible theory about the Kennedy assassination. More to the point for thriller fans, he has written a sharp, subtle novel about mistrust and betrayal that builds genuine excitement without the use of gratuitous violence. ( June )

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786201129
Publisher:
Macmillan Library Reference
Publication date:
01/01/1994
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
344

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Meet the Author

Jim Lehrer began his career as a newspaper reporter, political columnist, and editor in Dallas, Texas. Since 1975, he has been a news anchor at PBS, where he is currently the anchor and executive director of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Lehrer has won numerous awards for journalism, including most recently the 1999 National Humanities Medal.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Washington, D.C.
Date of Birth:
May 19, 1934
Place of Birth:
Wichita, Kansas
Education:
A.A., Victoria College; B.J., University of Missouri, 1956

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Blue Hearts 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Blue Hearts By Jim Lehrer-240 Pages Mystery In a few days life can get worse and worse. A 60 year old retired CIA spy¿s life is turned upside down, in less than a day. Can a small explosion be an accident??? What about a cut steeling line??? All the clues point to one person, an old friend he once worked with. Is there some secret surfacing after a long pause? A secret from the past? Forced from retirement, Charlie Henderson must use his CIA spy skills he¿s spent years trying to forget for peace.