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Truman's Spy
     

Truman's Spy

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by Noel Hynd
 

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It is early 1950, the midpoint of the Twentieth Century.

Joe McCarthy is cranking up his demagoguery and Joseph Stalin had intensified the cold war. In Washington, J. Edgar Hoover's FBI is fighting a turf war with the newly founded Central Intelligence Agency. Harry Truman is in the White House, trying to keep a lid on domestic and foreign politics, but the crises

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It is early 1950, the midpoint of the Twentieth Century.

Joe McCarthy is cranking up his demagoguery and Joseph Stalin had intensified the cold war. In Washington, J. Edgar Hoover's FBI is fighting a turf war with the newly founded Central Intelligence Agency. Harry Truman is in the White House, trying to keep a lid on domestic and foreign politics, but the crises never stop. It should be a time of peace and prosperity in America, but it is anything but.

FBI agent Thomas Buchanan is assigned to investigate the father of a former fiancée, Ann Garrett, who dumped Buchanan while he was away to World War Two. And suddenly Buchanan finds himself on a worldwide search for both an active Soviet spy and the only woman he ever loved. In the process, he crosses paths with Hoover, Truman, Soviet moles and assassins, an opium kingpin from China, and a brigade of lowlife from the American film community.

Truman's Spy is a classic cold war story of espionage and betrayal, love and regret, patriots and traitors. This is the revised and updated 2013 edition of Noel Hynd's follow-up to Flowers From Berlin. The story is big, a sprawling intricate tale of espionage, from post-war Rome and Moscow to New York, Philadelphia and Hollywood, filled with the characters, mores and attitudes of the day. And at its heart: the most crucial military secret of the decade.

"Noel Hynd knows the ins and outs of Washington's agencies, public and private." -
Publishers Weekly

"A notch above the Ludums and Clancys of the world....." - Booklist

"The novels of Noel Hynd stand out!" - Martin Levin, NY Times

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In early 1950 (Joe McCarthy cranking up his demagoguery, Stalin cranking up the Cold War and J. Edgar Hoover cranking up a witch-hunt), FBI agent Thomas Buchanan is assigned to investigate the father of former fiancee Ann Garrett, who jilted Buchanan in WW II. An attack on an FBI pal in Oregon, nasty doings in Hollywood, the murder of a Chinese man in Philadelphia, a Soviet ``sleeper'' in New York and a failed CIA operation in Europe are all tied to John Taylor Garrett, prominent Pennsylvania banker. As the book careens to a bloody, cynical finale, Buchanan finds himself in the middle of the Truman-Hoover power struggle and caught between Ann and her father. This potboiler's problems include lumbering, trite dialogue; failed attempts at period color (Boston did not beat Cleveland in the 1948 World Series); not playing fair with readers ( two fake deaths) and flat characterization (Truman and Hoover are cheap caricatures). Hynd ( Revenge ) has failed to put enough salt in this stew. $75,000 ad/promo. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781491081907
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
07/23/2013
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Truman's Spy 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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I picked this up at a used bookstore and was very happy with it. I anticipated and enjoyed each evening's reading session until I finished it. The characters kept me interested and I enjoyed the tension and conflict they were embroiled in. I figured out some of the 'surprises' but still wanted to see how they played out. I also skimmed through a 10-page section dealing with life in Hollywood because it was so generic. Overall, I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading Hynd's other political thrillers. A B+ novel that would work well pool side.