Friday, July 18, 2014

"Herald Square," by Jefferson Flanders

What do the Huffington Post, a former CIA director, and the Washington Times all have in common? They all sing high praises for this extraordinary cold-war novel -- and series opener -- from Jefferson Flanders.

Herald Square: A novel of the Cold War (The First Trumpet Book 1), by Jefferson Flanders
Price: $0.99
392 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 29 reviews

"Herald Square is one of those books you just don't want to end. It's a pleasurable and a plausible blend of New York, baseball, and intrigue that consistently captures the reality of the late 1940s." -- Porter Goss, former director, Central Intelligence Agency

"Jimmy Breslin meets John le Carré in Herald Square, a historical novel that paints an artful, darkening picture of New York City and its newspapers in the parlous years after World War II." -- Michael Conniff, The Huffington Post

New York, September 1949. When Dennis Collins arrives at Madison Square Garden for the Friday night fights, he is on top of the world. His career as the man-about-town columnist of the New York Sentinel is on the upswing; his beloved Brooklyn Dodgers are contending for the pennant; and a lover who had jilted him years ago has unexpectedly agreed to drinks and dinner at the Stork Club. Collins is sure that his luck has turned for the better.

But at the Garden his closest childhood friend, Morris Rose, approaches him for help. Rose asks Collins to safeguard microfilmed documents that he says will prove his innocence in a State Department loyalty investigation. Out of friendship, Collins reluctantly agrees to hold the microfilm for a week.

When Rose disappears from the scene, and FBI agents begin asking hard questions, Collins must solve a puzzle that somehow involves his friend, a shadowy former OSS officer, and a beautiful refugee, Karina, with a troubled past.

When Collins discovers that both American and Soviet operatives desperately want the documents he is holding, he is drawn into a twilight struggle between intelligence agencies that will challenge his loyalties and test his courage.

Rich with historical detail, Herald Square tells a story of intrigue and deception, of ordinary people propelled into a dangerous, clandestine world where duplicity reigns and any misstep can have dire consequences.


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Meet the Author

Jefferson Flanders has been a sportswriter, columnist, editor, and publishing executive.

He is the author of CAFÉ CAROLINA AND OTHER STORIES, and the critically-acclaimed First Trumpet Cold War trilogy of HERALD SQUARE, THE NORTH BUILDING, and THE HILL OF THREE BORDERS.



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