A War of Deception
Publisher: Unexpected Paths
A War of Deception has received the 2017 New Apple Award for Excellence in Independent Publishing for "Best Historical Fiction."
Past and present. Fathers and sons. Retribution and revenge.
When retired U.N. spy Mai Fisher leaves a diplomatic reception on a cold, rainy night in the new year of 2001, she dashes for the first cab she sees. The driver has a tattoo Mai has seen before on Serbian paramilitaries. Suspicious, she forces him to admit he was waiting for her--to deliver her to the Russian Mafiya.
After almost 40 years as a spy for the United Nations Intelligence Directorate, Alexei Bukharin is glad to be alive to enjoy times with his wife, Mai Fisher, and ti finish raising his college-student granddaughter, Natalia. When Mai calls him out of bed to bring her dry clothes after she take an information drop from a Serbian diplomat, he discovers she's suffered something that can be death for a spy, retired or otherwise: Someone knows her true identity.
A raid on the Mafiya apartment where Mai was to be taken uncovers something more devastating. The thugs have a photograph of Natalia at her university. The investigation becomes two-pronged: Who burned Mai, and why is the Russian underworld interested in Natalia?
Their investigation uncovers a Russian mole in the FBI, one who has been selling America's secrets to the Soviets and the Russian Federation for more than 20 years. When Alxei discovers the reason behind the interest in Natalia, he realizes a decision he made in 1974 has come back to haunt him.
Personal needs, professional standards, and a choice from the past collide in a war of deception.