Murder In Room 117: Solving The Cold Case That Let To America's Longest War

Murder In Room 117: Solving The Cold Case That Let To America's Longest War

by Arthur Kent


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Murder In Room 117 is a page turning investigative thriller. Author and journalist Arthur Kent reveals the truth behind one of the Cold War’s darkest crimes, the murder in 1979 of the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Spike Dubs. Washington’s official version was that its investigation of the murder was inconclusive. In reality, the State Department’s investigator delivered a report laying blame squarely on Soviet KGB spies and Afghanistan’s Communist regime of the time. The aftershocks of the crime helped ignite more than 40 years of war, with lasting consequences for the United States and the world. Now Murder In Room 117 advocates a new chapter in the Spike Dubs story, the reopening of the cold case for a complete forensic reexamination, aided by twenty-first century science.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781736148204
Publisher: Skywriter Communications, Inc.
Publication date: 05/25/2021
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 319,418
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Veteran journalist Arthur Kent began his reporting career in 1973 and filmed his first documentary in Afghanistan in 1980. He has reported for The Observer, NBC News, the BBC, CBC News, CNN, TBS, PBS and A&E's The History Channel. His documentary Afghanistan Captives of the Warlords was broadcast by PBS in June 2001, three months prior to the 9/11 attacks.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Part 1

1 Pilgrims in Paradise 10

2 Carter's New Man in Kabul 17

3 Spike Goes to Work 23

Part 2

4 Deciphering in the Dark 39

5 By Persons Unknown 55

6 The Dead End Gang 66

Part 3

7 Running Out of Time 81

8 The KGB's Order to Fire 96

9 Horror and Loss 112

Part 4

10 A Comedy of Liars 120

11 A Tragic Homecoming 140

12 The Show Goes On 145

13 Spies, Guns and Money 159

Part 5

14 From Russia With Clues 181

15 Challenging the Colonel 192

16 Under a 21st Century Microscope 202

17 Resolutions Then and Now 216

Epilogue 221

Afterword 225

Sources And References 226

Acknowledgments 233

Related Bibliography 235

Photo Credits 237

Index 239

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