When journalist Karen Cornell is invited to a peace conference in Prague, she only goes on the understanding that she will be granted a valuable interview. Instead she finds herself chosen for a more hazardous task: carrying top-secret documents from a potential Czech defector back to Washington. With the papers safely in the hands of Peter Bristow, the one CIA man Karen can trust, she is sure her part in the drama is over, but soon she is pulled into an astonishing web of blackmail, assassination and treason at the highest level. There is a mole in the CIA and it is Bristow’s job to find it, as well as protecting Karen from an unknown enemy.
With Karen’s life in danger and time running out, they must uncover a plot that threatens the very heart of US Intelligence.
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Although this is the last entry in Helen Macinnes's storied career, it is by no means the least. For those who are not familiar with her work, this author has delighted and thrilled readers both during her lifetime and in the decades since her passing. Ride a Pale Horse is an intricately thought-out thriller and is well-paced with good character development. Well worth any reader's time, although it should be noted that the events and setting of the story are centered in the Cold War, and might, to some, seem dated.
It is really sad that a writer like Macinnes has been largely forgotten. While we can read a Christie or a Gardner, a writer of high calibre is ignored. I have just started to read this book and was very impressed that though it was written in 1984. Macinnes is aware of computer hackers and computer terminologies. Remember she was around 80 that time. Hats off to her.