William E. Holland Moscow Twilight

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Moscow Twilight

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When a CIA chief from the U.S. Embassy is murdered by thugs in a Moscow restaurant, KGB captain Sergo Chanturia teams up with Ben Martin, an American embassy official, to solve the crime and save face.

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The KGB and the American Embassy form an uneasy alliance to find the men who murdered Moscow's CIA station chief--in a thriller by Holland (Let a Soldier Die, 1984) distinguished by starkly accurate depictions of Russian and Georgian backstreets. In the midst of early Gorbachev disorder, a team of masked thugs attacks a Moscow restaurant at the height of its evening business, wounds several of the patrons and staff, sets fire to the place, and departs leaving an unidentified corpse--a well-dressed Westerner who'd been enjoying dinner with a ravishingly beautiful woman, who disappeared in the uproar. Days later, the body is recognized to be that of Charles Hutchins, the American Embassy's top spy. What to do? The Americans don't want to admit that Hutchins came from the CIA, and the Soviets don't want to admit that they know who Hutchins was. Neither side has the slightest idea what Hutchins was doing in the expensive cooperative restaurant. Benjamin Martin, a visiting scholar who had come to like Hutchins a great deal suggests, joining the KGB in the search for the killers, and, to the surprise of all parties, the KGB accepts the idea. There is a flurry of activity, and within weeks there are arrests, but neither Martin nor Sergo Chanturia, Martin's opposite number from the KGB, believes that the men who have gone to jail are the real culprits. On his own, Martin follows up on the missing beauty, and Chanturia follows up on details of the murder contained in the depositions of the patrons. Martin finds love, and Chanturia, whose investigation takes him back to the Tblisi of his childhood, finds that he is rather more of a Georgian than the model Soviet spy he believed himself to be. Superb. The credible plot is firmly anchored in the reality of crumbling Soviet political life, the setting in the reality of crumbling Soviet streets. Not to be missed. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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During what seems to be the botched holdup of an expensive, private Moscow restaurant in 1989, CIA station chief Charles Hutchins is murdered; his body is found mysteriously absent of identification, and the beautiful Russian woman who was dining with him vanishes. KGB captain Sergo Chanturia, a Georgian who is beginning to have doubts about the faltering Soviet system, is in charge of the investigation. The CIA man's best friend in the U.S. Embassy, cultural attache Ben Martin, a college professor who will soon return to academia, also looks into the death, ruffling the feathers of the new CIA station chief. With the Cold War thawing, Chanturia and Martin eventually join together to track down Hutchins's murderers-- aided by the beautiful Russian, whom Martin finds and falls in love with. They uncover a conspiracy that includes stolen nuclear fuel, the Soviet "Mafia," corrupt KGB agents, Ceausescu-era Romanian secret police and the Iraqi military. A New York lawyer who acts as an adviser to Western companies doing business in the former Soviet Union, Holland offers a story that relies too much on coincidence and features heroes who escape difficult situations with unbelievable ease. Still, the characters are appealing, and his setting--a crumbling Soviet Union--is convincingly drawn.
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