Mystery Writers of America Presents Ice Cold: Tales of Intrigue from the Cold War [Kindle Edition]
Nuclear brinksmanship. Psychological warfare. Spies, double agents, femme fatales, and dead drops.
The Cold War–a terrifying time when nuclear war between the world’s two superpowers was an ever-present threat, an all-too-real possibility that could be set off at the touch of a button–provides a chilling backdrop to this collection of all-new short stories from today’s most celebrated mystery writers.
Bestselling authors Jeffery Deaver and Raymond Benson–the only American writers to be commissioned to pen official James Bond novels–have joined forces to bring us twenty masterful tales of paranoia, espionage, and psychological drama. In Joseph Finder’s “Police Report,” the seemingly cut-and-dry case of a lunatic murderer in rural Massachusetts may have roots in Soviet-controlled Armenia. In “Miss Bianca” by Sara Paretsky, a young girl befriends a mouse in a biological warfare laboratory and finds herself unwittingly caught in an espionage drama. And Deaver’s “Comrade 35” offers a unique spin on the assassination of John F. Kennedy–with a signature twist.
Gordon McAllister never wanted to be a hero. At least not one who ever got any outward recognition. An executive recruiter by day, McAllister’s other job comes with a code name, ZEBRA, the leader of a team of elite assassins who report to only one man: the President of the United States. But he’s been inactive for years, perfectly content to spend his time finding CEOs and VPs for Fortune 500 companies. Now, as members of his team are murdered in seemingly unrelated incidents and multiple terror attacks savage civilian targets throughout the country, McAllister realizes it’s time once again to screw on the silencer and get back to work. He must reactivate himself and hunt down the man who is behind it all. The one who will do whatever it takes to steal the power he craves. And tear the nation to shreds to get it.