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1984. A Yugoslav military attaché has defected in Ottawa. Before the Canadians can interrogate him, he is assassinated.

In Trieste, Italy, someone is eliminating NATO agents. Michael Higgins, their case officer, is warned by a Canadian spy, Fae Avadek, that he has a traitor in his network. Suddenly, Higgins is running for his life, framed for the murder of one of his contacts. Pursued by an unknown enemy, he falls in love with Fae, whose violent past figures in their search for answers.

Vitali Alferyev, KGB station chief in Belgrade, has been recalled to Moscow, where his superior orders him to withdraw all covert operatives from the sector between Rijeka and Ljubljana. Alferyev's search for the reason leads him into a deadly conflict with a GRU agent operating in the area.

In the Yugoslav mountains, where Croatian terrorists, KGB spies, and NATO agents play out the final violent moves in a dangerous game to change the fate of Europe, Michael and Fae must sift through layers of deceit and treachery in their attempt to thwart an enemy whose tentacles stretch from the East to the West, from the past to the present.

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[Same as main description] 1984. What secret plan is about to unfold in the mountains of Yugoslavia? A Yugoslav military attaché has defected in Ottawa. Before the Canadians can interrogate him, he is assassinated. In Trieste, Italy, someone is eliminating NATO agents. Michael Higgins, their case officer, is warned by a Canadian spy, Fae Avadek, that he has a traitor in his network. Suddenly, Higgins is running for his life, framed for the murder of one of his contacts. Pursued by an unknown enemy, he falls in love with Fae, whose violent past figures in their search for answers. Vitali Alferyev, KGB station chief in Belgrade, has been recalled to Moscow, where his superior orders him to withdraw all covert operatives from the sector between Rijeka and Ljubljana. Alferyev's search for the reason leads him into a deadly conflict with a GRU agent operating in the area. In the Yugoslav mountains, where Croatian terrorists, KGB spies, and NATO agents play out the final violent moves in a dangerous game to change the fate of Europe, Higgins and Avadek must sift through layers of deceit and treachery in their attempt to thwart an enemy whose tentacles stretch from the East to the West, from the past to the present.

About the Author:

Ron Terpening is the author of the thrillers Storm Track, League of Shadows, Tropic of Fear, Nine Days in October, and Cloud Cover, as well as two young-adult novels, In Light's Delay and The Turning. He received his Bachelor s degree from the University of Oregon in Eugene and his Master s and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He has lived in Mexico City and in Pavia and Florence, Italy. He taught for four years at Loyola University of Chicago and for twenty-six years at the University of Arizona as a professor of Italian (now emeritus). He has also written numerous articles and books dealing with Italian literature, history, and culture.

He and his wife, Vicki, along with their four dogs and two horses, live in the foothills of the Tucson mountains.

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