Herald Square by Jefferson Flanders

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New York, September 1949. When Dennis Collins arrives at Madison Square Garden for the Friday night fights, he is on top of the world. His career as the man-about-town columnist of the New York Sentinel is on the upswing; his beloved Brooklyn Dodgers are contending for the pennant; and a lover who had jilted him years ago has unexpectedly agreed to drinks and dinner at the Stork Club. Collins is sure that his luck has turned for the better.

But at the Garden his closest childhood friend, Morris Rose, approaches him for help. Rose asks Collins to safeguard microfilmed documents that he says will prove his innocence in a State Department loyalty investigation. Out of friendship, Collins reluctantly agrees to hold the microfilm for a week.

When Rose disappears from the scene, and FBI agents begin asking hard questions, Collins must solve a puzzle that somehow involves his friend, a shadowy former OSS officer, and a beautiful refugee, Karina, with a troubled past.

When Collins discovers that both American and Soviet operatives desperately want the documents he is holding, he is drawn into a twilight struggle between intelligence agencies that will challenge his loyalties and test his courage.

Rich with historical detail, Herald Square tells a story of intrigue and deception, of ordinary people propelled into a dangerous, clandestine world where duplicity reigns and any misstep can have dire consequences.

About the author:

Jefferson Flanders has been a sportswriter, columnist, editor, and publishing executive. His parents met in the newsroom of the New York Herald Tribune in the late 1940s.

About Jefferson Flanders

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Jefferson Flanders has been a sportswriter, columnist, editor, and publishing executive. He is the author of Cafe Carolina and Other Stories and of Herald Square, a novel of the Cold War described as "Jimmy Breslin meets John le Carre" in the Huffington Post and as "well-written, action packed and engrossing" in the Washington Times.
Published January 4, 2014 by Munroe Hill Press. 392 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Capturing the "see no (or little) evil" mentality that plagued a war-weary America in 1949 requires no small amount of research. That was post-war America. Both peace and prosperity had returned for the first time since the 1929 market crash .

Nov 27 2012 | Read Full Review of Herald Square


They’ve endured Allied bombing raids, the brutal Soviet pillage of the city in 1945, the Berlin Airlift, the erection of the Wall, and the years as a divided and (for West Berliners) isolated place.

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