Blue Hearts

Blue Hearts

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by Jim Lehrer, James Lehrer
     
 

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Charles Avenue Henderson and Bruce Conn Clark shared a CIA mission in late November of 1963 that helped change the course of world history. When Henderson, now living the quiet life of a bed and breakfast owner with his beloved wife in rural West Virginia, approaches former Secretary of State Clark at a posh D.C. restaurant and suggests they let some of yesterday's

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Charles Avenue Henderson and Bruce Conn Clark shared a CIA mission in late November of 1963 that helped change the course of world history. When Henderson, now living the quiet life of a bed and breakfast owner with his beloved wife in rural West Virginia, approaches former Secretary of State Clark at a posh D.C. restaurant and suggests they let some of yesterday's secrets out today Clark responds with a plan that puts Henderson's life at risk and tests both of their dormant "spook" skills. Henderson underestimated the depth of Clark's secrets and Clark underestimated Henderson's resolve. It's a mistake that neither will make again as the old allies match cloaks and daggers against each other.

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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:
9781586480318
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
09/01/2001
Edition description:
1ST PUBLIC
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
0.55(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

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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.