The Black Tulip

The Black Tulip

A Novel

Book - 1998
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Baker & Taylor
A former CIA officer ventures into Afghanistan to support the Afghan resistance against the Soviets and finds himself caught up in an unlikely alliance with a KGB colonel

Blackwell North Amer
CIA Headquarters, 1985: Alexander Fannin, top operative in the Agency's Operations Directorate, is energized by the arrival of the new Director of Central Intelligence, William Casey, who wastes no time in laying ambitious plans to widen the lengthening cracks in the Evil Empire. Burrowed deep in the Kremlin is a handful of CIA agents, who, under Fannin's careful handling, carry out their betrayals of the state. But then the agents begin to fall, one by one. Are they under KGB control?
Paktia province, Afghanistan, 1986: Afghan rebels ambush a group of Soviet soldiers, and hand over to Fannin the sole survivor, a young lieutenant. In this simple prisoner exchange lies the beginnings of the most daring and most personal plot of Fannin's life. Commanding the contingent of Soviet officers with whom Fannin negotiates the lieutenant's release is a KGB colonel, whose life is as haunted as any of Fannin's agents in Moscow or Kiev. Alexander dares him to enter a dangerous conspiracy, one that winds its way from Afghanistan to Moscow to Hong Kong and puts both men outside the control of their governments.

Baker
& Taylor

In a novel based on the author's thirty-year career with the CIA, a former CIA officer ventures into Afghanistan to support the Afghan resistance against the Soviets and finds himself caught up in an unlikely alliance with a KGB colonel. A first novel. 35,000 first printing. Tour.

Publisher: New York : Random House, 1998.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780679447917
0679447911
Branch Call Number: BEA
Characteristics: 321 p. ; 24 cm.

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