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Basic Law : A Mystery of Cold War Europe
by J. Sydney Jones


Overview - A peace-seeking man must unravel the mystery that led to his former lover's death

Expat American journalist Sam Kramer is burned out: too many dead bodies, too many wars covered, too little meaning in it all. He's got a dead-end job at the Daily European as the correspondent for Vienna, where nothing happens now that the Cold War is over.
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Overview
A peace-seeking man must unravel the mystery that led to his former lover's death

Expat American journalist Sam Kramer is burned out: too many dead bodies, too many wars covered, too little meaning in it all. He's got a dead-end job at the Daily European as the correspondent for Vienna, where nothing happens now that the Cold War is over. And that is exactly how Kramer likes it.

But his private neutral zone is shattered with news of the suicide of Reni Muller, a German left-wing firebrand and Kramer's long-estranged ex-girlfriend. To his surprise, Kramer suddenly finds himself the executor of Reni's literary estate--but the damning memoir named in her will is nowhere to be found. Tracking down the manuscript will lead Kramer to the unsettling truth of Reni's death, drawing him back into the days of the Cold War and showing him the dark side of the woman he loved.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781497690479
  • ISBN-10: 1497690471
  • Publisher: Mysteriouspress.Com/Open Road
  • Publish Date: April 2015
  • Page Count: 324
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-06-15
  • Reviewer: Staff

In this fast-moving suspense novel from Jones (The German Agent), set a few years after the end of the Cold War, Sam Kramer, an American foreign correspondent in Vienna, flies to Bonn after learning that Reni Müller, former head of the Green coalition in the German Parliament, has killed herself. Though he hasn't seen Reni in more than 20 years, Kramer rushes to attend the funeral because of their past intimacy. He's surprised to learn that he was named her literary executor and that no evidence exists of the memoir she supposedly was working on at the time of her death. When Kramer gets the name of Peter Gorik, someone she may have interviewed for her book, he finds out that Gorik, who was with East German intelligence, recently died in an accident. Increasingly convinced that Reni was killed to keep her disclosing some dangerous secrets, the reporter doggedly investigates. Kramer is more credible as a journalist than as an action hero, and veteran genre readers will encounter few surprises, but Jones will keep them turning pages. (Apr.)

 
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