The Pinochet Plot

The Pinochet Plot

by David Myles Robinson

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Overview

Successful San Francisco attorney Will Muñoz has heard of the brutal former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, of course, but it's not until he receives his mother's suicide letter that he has any inkling Pinochet may have had his father, Chilean writer Ricardo Muñoz, assassinated thirty years earlier. Her suspicions spur Will on to a quest to discover the truth about his father's death–and about the psychological forces that have driven his mother to her fatal decision. His journey takes him deep into unexpected darkness linking his current step-father, the CIA, drug-experimentation programs, and a conspiracy of domestic terrorism. The Pinochet Plot is not just a story of a man seeking inner peace; it is also a story of sinister history doomed to repeat itself.

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ISBN-13: 9781938288210
Publisher: Terra Nova Books
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 199,621
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

David Myles Robinson grew up in Pasadena, CA. He holds degrees from San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco School of Law. After practicing law for thirty-eight years in Honolulu, Hawaii, he retired with his wife, former Honolulu judge Marcia Waldorf, to Taos, NM. Robinson is the author of three previous novels: legal thrillers Tropical Lies and Tropical Judgments, and Unplayable Lie, a golf-related suspense novel.

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Dear Detective Reyes:

Please forgive me for imposing on you again after all these years. I’m hoping you are still with the sheriff’s office. I am about to take my own life, and I want this one final opportunity to convey information about my husband’s death. As you know, or at least as I told you, Pinochet tried to have Ricardo assassinated. This was while Ricardo was still living in Chile and was waging a war of words against the Pinochet regime. When Ricardo was murdered, I assumed it was Pinochet’s people following up on their prior death threats.

What I didn’t know at the time was that Pinochet and his people had obtained a draft copy of Ricardo’s unpublished novel, The Daughters of Pinochet. According to old acquaintances from Chile who were in a position to know what was going on, Pinochet was furious about the novel, which, as you might assume, portrayed him as a ruthless megalomaniac. What was worse, however, was that in the novel, the daughter of Pinochet was the daughter of one of his mistresses.

You can imagine how abhorrent this kind of portrayal would be to the Latin mind-set. Being called a thug and a murderer is one thing, but incestuous pedophilia would have been too much.

After Ricardo was murdered, I received two anonymous letters threatening to kill me and my son, Will. The first letter ordered me to destroy the novel. The second didn’t mention the novel, but they were horrible, scary letters, and I would be lying if I said I was not terrified for our lives.

What happened next sounds ridiculous to me now as I write this, but at the time, when I feared for our safety, it made some weird kind of sense. A man by the name of Charles Evans came into my life. I told him about the letters, and he convinced me to marry him. For a while, I did feel safe. But Chuck became abusive, and his psychotic rants more and more common. During one of them, he said things no one could have known about. He said he knew these things because he had worked for the CIA.

I called his friend Milton Fischer to ask for advice. He promised to take care of Chuck and said I wouldn’t be bothered again. Milton was true to his word. I never heard from Chuck again, but I’ve been a mess ever since. Chuck had known too much about Ricardo.

If you think there may be some things worth looking into, I’d appreciate it. I will be gone, but my son should be given the opportunity to learn the truth about his father’s death. Help him if you can.

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plappen More than 1 year ago
Will Munoz is a successful attorney in San Francisco. He is also the son of Ricardo Munoz, a well-known Chilean writer, who died when Will was a child. His mother's suicide note asserts that his father was murdered on the orders of Augusto Pinochet, who ruled Chile for more than 15 years in the late 20th century. Will learns that his father wrote a novel, as yet unpublished, that would have been very unfriendly to Pinochet. A million-dollar reward was established, by Pinochet, for the return of the original manuscript and all published copies. As Will starts to ask questions about his father's death, focus turns to the CIA's famous, or infamous, MKULTRA mind control program. Chuck Evans was a part of MKULTRA, along with Milton Fisher, his CIA handler. After the program was "officially" cancelled, could Milton have kept Chuck supplied with drugs, and turned him into some sort of assassin-for-hire? As an extra complication, Chuck is also Will's step father. Could he have killed Will's father, and married his mother, to find the novel and get that million dollar reward? This is a very "quiet" novel, in that there are no car chases or hair-raising escapes from the bad guys, But it is a very well-done novel. It explores a pair of unpleasant bits of recent American history, and it is very much worth reading.