BookTrib bites: Globe-trotting thrillers – Bucharest, Boston, Prague, Paris | Herald Community Newspapers


The Bucharest file“The Bucharest File”
by William Maz

“The Bourne Identity” meets “The Spy Who Came In from the Cold” by John le Carré. CIA analyst Bill Hefflin is a man apart – apart from life, apart from his homeland and apart from love. At the start of the 1989 uprising in Romania, Hefflin – a disillusioned Romanian expatriate – arrives in Bucharest at the insistence of his KGB agent, a man codenamed Boris.

As Hefflin is swept up in an uprising that turns into a brutal revolution, nothing is as it seems…including the search for his childhood sweetheart, which has taken on mythical proportions. As the bloody events unfold at lightning speed, Hefflin realizes the revolution is being manipulated by outside forces, including his own CIA and Boris, the puppeteer who seems to be pulling all the strings. Buy at

The Burden of Innocence“The Burden of Innocence”
by John Nardizzi

Innocence is a pain when you’re locked in a cage. Private investigators Ray Infantino and Tania Kong take on the case of Sam Langford, a man accused of murder by a crime boss at the height of his powers. The mobsters know that, in the new Boston, the vulnerable witnesses they manipulated years ago are fragile.

Old bones won’t stay buried forever. When a vicious mobster and a corrupt cop team up to derail the investigation, the stakes are higher than ever. It’s a crime thriller written by “a bold new poet of black America – ‘it’s the book Chandler would have written had he been a real-life private detective,'” says author Ellen McGarrahan.

The Prague Connection“The Prague Connection”
by Will Steadman

The collapse of the Soviet regime with perestroika meant big problems for the KGB; groups of rebel agents in the satellite countries have fashioned a plan to resist Moscow’s reforms. Portable, backpack-sized nukes will be key to their success. The weapons are safely hidden until Lena, a beautiful Russian physicist working in the United States, raises the alarm.

When Petrov, a nuclear weapons expert and son of a KGB agent, disappears with the chemicals needed to arm the weapons, Putin and the West are in a state of panic. Brandt Swindon, a CIA agent, and his CIA agent lover, Casey Stephens, are enlisted in a joint Russia/NATO team to find the weapons before disaster strikes. Buy at

Parisian photography“The Parisian photo”
by Jane S. Gabin

A wonderful blend of mystery, historical fact and romance with great attention to detail, this novel is based on the experiences of the author’s father in Paris during the latter part of World War II. Finding a previously unknown photo among his late father’s papers, university professor Judith Gordon sets out to locate the boy in the group photo nearly 70 years after it was taken.

The story is about a young mother who bravely protects her child, Guy, by keeping him hidden during the war; but there is a lasting cost. Critics called it “utterly captivating”, “fascinating”, “magnificent” and “a phenomenal achievement”. Buy at

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