The Watchman's File, by Barry M. Lando
321 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 44 reviews
“Ed, look. Something has happened. It’s about your country and mine. It’s serious—believe me. Come!" Ed Diamond, reporter for “Focus”, America's preeminent TV news show, is summoned urgently to Israel by an old friend, Dov Ben-Ami, formerly a top official of Israel's Mossad. But before they can meet, a terrorist bomb blows Dov apart. Determined to discover why the Israeli was killed, Diamond embarks on the most astonishing investigation he’s ever undertaken. From the Dead Sea to the Old City of Jerusalem, to Tel Aviv and Paris, Washington and New York, he unravels an on-going mystery that began with the nefarious links between America’s greatest corporations and Hitler’s Third Reich. In the end, Ed attempts to thwart a deadly terrorist attack targeting Manhattan.
He’s pitted against one of the U.S.'s most powerful families and a fanatical group of right-wing Israelis, ready to kill to protect a World War II intelligence coup that is still Israel's most potent weapon and most closely guarded secret, "The Watchman's File."
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Meet the Author
The Watchman's File is my first novel. It grew out of a report I did for "Sixty Minutes" about the ties between major American corporations and Hitler's Nazi regime in the 1930's. There were hints that, for some companies at least, those close ties may have not ended with Pearl Harbor. That premise led to a mystery novel.
I'm a Canadian, born in the great city of Vancouver, B.C., a graduate of Harvard and Columbia University. I went to work as a correspondent for Time-Life in Brazil, then spent 25 years as an investigative producer with 60 Minutes. I was based first in Washington, D.C., as Watergate filled the headlines, then moved to Paris in 1979, from where I covered the world, working mainly with Mike Wallace. Those were great times. We reported on the rise to power of Khomeini, the end of the Soviet Union, the opening up of China, and on-going turmoil in the Middle East. I was honored with several awards for some of those broadcasts.
Since leaving 60 Minutes in 1997, I first took off a year to travel around the Pacific with my French wife and our 6 year old son, then returned to Paris and continued to comment on current affairs. I produced a documentary about Saddam Hussein. The thesis was that several past and present leaders of the Western World--including the U.S--should have been put on trial with Saddam, since they were complicit with many of his crimes. The documentary was shown around the world--but not in the United States.
That documentary became a book, "Web of Deceit, The History of Western Complicity in Iraq, from Churchill, to Kennedy to George W. Bush."
Over the past few years I have also blogged on international affairs, particularly the Middle East, for the Huffington Post, Counterpunch, Truth Dig, and several other sides, including my own blog, http://barrymlando.com
As I've said "The Watchman's File" is my first novel.
I currently live in London with my wife, Elisabeth. Our son, Edward, is finishing up his studies at Wharton in Philadelphia, my elder son Jeffery is movie director, living with his wife and two children in Vancouver; my daughter, Dominique is a therapist working in Berkley.