The Riviera of Hades
Nearly a year after going missing Henry, an American career diplomat, turns up in a Moscow hospital dying of a heart condition. He tells his wife and daughter the story of his past and his role at the Yalta conference...
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Nearly a year after going missing Henry, an American career diplomat, turns up in a Moscow hospital dying of a heart condition. He tells his wife and daughter the story of his past and his role at the Yalta conference as a translator. So why is everyone from the Russians to the State Department so interested in him?
This riveting novel of high-stakes intrigue tells the story of Henry, an American career diplomat who disappears without a trace one evening from his Moscow post, only to be discovered nearly a year later in a Moscow hospital. Upon his return to the United States, bedridden and dying of a heart condition, he tells his wife and his daughter Lorina the story of his mysterious past.Most of Henry's narrative focuses on his experiences as a young translator at the Yalta conference of 1945, where Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin met to decide the fate of postwar Europe. As Lorina listens to his tale, she wonders why this one event in her father's storied career seems to have become almost an obsession to the dying man. What could have happened there? And why is everyone from the State Department, the FBI, and even the Russian embassy still so interested in his recollections so many years later?A suspenseful story of plots and counterplots, "The Riviera of Hades" will enthrall readers of historical fiction.