New York, September 1949. When Dennis Collins arrives at Madison Square Garde n for the Friday night fights, he is on top of the world. His career as the man-about-town columnist of the New York Sentinel is on the upswing; his beloved Brooklyn Dodgers are contending for the pennant; and a lover who had jilted him years ago has unexpectedly agreed to drinks and dinner at the Stork Club. Collins is sure that his luck has turned for the better.
But at the Garden his closest childhood friend, Morris Rose, approaches him for help. Rose asks Collins to safeguard microfilmed documents that he says will prove his innocence in a State Department loyalty investigation. Out of friendship, Collins reluctantly agrees to hold the microfilm for a week.
When Rose disappears from the scene, and FBI agents begin asking hard questions, Collins must solve a puzzle that somehow involves his friend, a shadowy former OSS officer, and a beautiful refugee, Karina, with a troubled past.
When Collins discovers that both American and Soviet operatives desperately want the documents he is holding, he is drawn into a twilight struggle between intelligence agencies that will challenge his loyalties and test his courage.
Rich with historical detail, Herald Square tells a story of intrigue and deception, of ordinary people propelled into a dangerous, clandestine world where duplicity reigns and any misstep can have dire consequences.
About the author:
Jefferson Flanders has been a sportswriter, columnist, editor, and publishing executive. His parents met in the newsroom of the New York Herald Tribune in the late 1940s.
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Just finished a fine novel by Jefferson Flanders, Herald Square. Set in New York City in the late 1940's, the novel is about a newspaper reporter who receives a canister of film from a boyhood friend who is running from the FBI. He is told to hold it for one week. What a week that turns out to be. Filled with great intrigue, Russian spies, a Polish mystery woman, it a page turning thriller.
The generation that was born into the Depression and WWII, I thought they had it really bad. But The Cold War, after all that? I mean, didn't their lives ever get better? Can you being born in 1930 - how could you ever have a carefree life, growing up through all that?
This book is one of those I hate - hate reading the last page, because I didn't want the story to end. It was beautifully written - entertaining, while being illuminating. I recommend it highly!