Wolf Winter

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TITLE: WOLF WINTER By CLARE FRANCIS 1987 First U.S. Edition AUTHOR: CLARE FRANCIS PUBLISHER - (LOCATION) / COPYRIGHT: WILLIAM MORROW, NY 1987 EDITION: First Edition CATEGORY: Mystery, First Edition BINDING/COVER: Hardback with dust jacket COLOR: CREAM

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After the smooth entertainment and suspense of her bestseller Night Sky, the far more ponderous start of Francis's second novel is disappointing initially. Norwegian explorer Hal Starheim is tormented by his part in a military operation that goes awry during the Cold War years, an undertaking in which his friend Jan Johansen is killed by Russian border guards. Although the incident is thoroughly investigated, no satisfactory explanation of why Jan might have crossed Finland's neutral border into Russia is ever divulged. His young widow, Ragna, vents her rage and loneliness by working to block the installation of a top-secret military base on land precious to the nomadic Lapp tribes, a battle that brings her and Hal unknowingly into contact with a superbly narcissistic Soviet spy. Like a series of dominos, Francis sets meticulous plot lines, lush descriptions and highly colored characters in place for an exhilarating finale on the icy reaches of the high plateau in dispute. 100,000 first printing; $125,000 ad/promo; Reader's Digest Condensed Book; BOMC alternate.
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From Library Journal:

When Norwegian mountain climber Jan Johansen is killed in an incident on the Russian-Finnish border, his widow, Ragna, is drawn into a series of events with roots in World War II which set the stage for espionage in the Cold War of the 1960s. Ragna's attraction for two men, Jan's best friend and an Oslo journalist, brings them all together in a violent struggle for truth and survival in Lapland's frozen wastes. Wolf Winter has romance, adventure, and suspense plus a sensitivity for the Norwegian culture. The characters are always real. The writing flows smoothly from one exciting chapter to the next. Like Francis's first novel, Night Sky , this should become a best seller. Highly recommended for popular fiction collections. Brian Alley, Sangamon State Univ., Springfield, Ill.
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