Michael Beres is the author of Final Stroke, Grand Traverse, The President's Nemesis, Sunstrike, and many award-winning short stories. He lives in Free Soil, Michigan.
The Lazlo Horvath Seriesby Michael Beres
In Chernobyl Murders, Chernobyl engineer Mihaly Horvath discloses the unnecessary risks associated with the power plant to his brother, Kiev Militia detective Lazlo in a western Ukraine wine cellar in 1985. Spawned by a desire to protect his family, Lazlo investigatesirritating his superiors, drawing the attention of a CIA operative, raising the hackles of an old KGB major, and ultimately discovering his brother's secret affair with a Chernobyl technician, Juli Popovics. After the explosion, the Ukraine is not only blanketed with deadly radiation, but also becomes a killing ground involving pre-perestroika factions in disarray, a Soviet government on its last legs, and madmen hungry for power. With a poisoned environment at their backs and a killer snapping at their heels, Lazlo and Juli flee for their livesand their lovein this engrossing political thriller. In Traffyck, when a Kiev video store is torched, the wife of the now-deceased ownerand primary suspect in the arson casehires private investigator Janos Nagy. As he delves into the woman's past, Janos discovers things are far more than meets the eye, and as the case is pursued further, a human trafficking plot unfolds from Kiev across the Ukraine. With mixed involvement of Eastern European and Russian mafia, the Ukraine Secret Service, and both orthodox and nonorthodox church rivalries, the race to untangle the threads of the international trafficking ring turns quickly to a matter of life and death.
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