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On the eve of the Cuban Missile Crisis, American and French intelligence agents are plunged into a maze of Cold War intrigue. In Paris, 1962, French intelligence chief André Devereaux and NATO intelligence chief Michael Nordstrom have uncovered Soviet plans to ship nuclear arms to Cuba. But when Devereaux reports his findings and nobody acts-and he is targeted in an assassination attempt-he soon realizes he's tangled in a plot far greater than he first understood. The two agents, along with a small band of Cuban exiles and Soviet defectors, chase leads around the globe in a quest to save NATO, themselves, and perhaps the world itself. Topaz is a fast-paced but deeply informed thriller.
There’s a western I want to see, and afterward we could have a nice seafood dinner at Miller Brothers.” “It sounds wonderful.” Nicole found herself sitting close to him, which she rarely did anymore, and she rubbed the back of his neck. He looked at her and smiled, and as they stopped for a red light he put his arm about her and kissed her. And, for the moment, everything was fine. 9 A FEW MOMENTS PAST Washington brought Nordstrom and Devereaux into the Maryland countryside, now
end of the rail and placed the hide-a-key inside and returned the knob. Later the dead-letter box was emptied and the message eventually found its way to the poultry butcher Jesús Morelos in Havana. 25 AS THE TAPE CAME to an end, everyone stood and stretched. Kramer pushed the buzzer to call the outside guards and asked that the lunch dishes be cleared and a new pot of coffee brewed. Dr. Billings spooled on another tape. “One, two, three, four,” he counted into the microphone, adjusting
Kuznetov said, “I’d suggest we pray for each other.” The interrogation room was as familiar to Boris as a second home. He knew every grain in the big table, the way the curtains hung, the sway of the leaves of the maple tree just outside the window. He knew every nuance and gesture of the men he nodded good morning to. In addition to Kramer, Jaffe, W. Smith, and Billings, Michael Nordstrom and Sanderson Hooper were in attendance. Never before had there been such tension. He was wheeled to the
believable they would have allowed him to leave Cuba with such information unless they planned for him to carry it out? “Now, with Devereaux completely fooled, the Americans cleverly request him to come to France to authenticate this to us. As a trusted and reliable official, his word would carry enormous weight.” “I am certain that Devereaux does not endorse this report,” La Croix said. “Naturally not. No official of his caliber would ever admit to such a blunder. Nevertheless, not making
column once more, then lifted his interoffice phone. “Send Ferdinand Fauchet to me right away,” he said. François and Michele slept tight in each others arms. The phone rang. François yawned to wakefulness and groped for the instrument. “Hello,” he said sleepily. “Hello. I am calling for Monsieur Devereaux. He was working late and just left headquarters and said Michele might be with you.” “She’s here. Do you wish to speak to her?” “No. It is not necessary. Monsieur Devereaux asked me to