By Frederick Reuss

ISBN-10: 1609530004

ISBN-13: 9781609530006

Males: One discovers the price of retaining secrets and techniques, of establishing a occupation inside of a central authority supplier the place secrets and techniques are the operational foundation. Noel Leonard works for the security Intelligence research heart, mapping coordinates for army activities midway all over the world. One morning he learns that an blunders in his workplace is liable for the bombing of a faculty in Afghanistan. And he is familiar with by surprise that he's as on my own as he's incorrect. From his windowless workplace in DC to an intelligence convention in Switzerland, and again to his daughter s collage in Virginia, Noel claws his manner towards a extra in my opinion sincere lifestyles during which he can inform his relations every thing on a daily basis. one other guy learns that relations secrets and techniques have saved him from who he's and from the ineluctable methods he's connected to an international he has continuously disdained. This unnamed narrator, a cartographer, is the son of a profession diplomat whose actions in Southeast Asia through the Vietnam warfare after which in Europe throughout the chilly battle would possibly not were what they have been acknowledged to be. He, too, travels to Switzerland, yet his quest isn't really to liberate himself from secrecy it's to benefit how deep the secrets and techniques in his personal existence move. With a voice like John le Carré s and the foreign sensibility of Graham Greene, Frederick Reuss examines the necessarily covert nature of lives that make their circles via Washington, DC. A Geography of secrets and techniques is a singular of the time from an acclaimed writer who understands the lay of the land.

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Noel mutters. ” Cowper frowns, looks at his watch. ” Cowper slides from the stool. “We gave the clear to engage. ” Answers before questions? Noel’s impulse is to laugh. Typical Cowper: if not actually on top of things, then satisfied by his instinct to get himself there. The ever-prepared Boy Scout. Noel is not a Boy Scout. He prefers to wear his insignificance as camouflage rather than camouflage his insignificance. A message enters his in-box with an urgent ding. He knows all too well what it contains.

Who are you? ” He shook his head and yanked the tee out of the ground. Muttering, he stalked off. I remained for a while, feeling as if I’d somehow earned rights to the spot. An airplane descended overhead, following the Potomac down to the airport. Across the river and through the trees, I could see traffic moving along the George Washington Parkway. C. home, I am not from here but of here. I am not from anywhere, really, and yet I call this city home. It’s a strange triangulation of geography, psychology, and fate and makes for great confusion, a confusion that calls for—no, demands—a map.

The White House is the symbol of this permanent flux at the top, but it’s no less so in the middle and at the bottom rungs of government—from General’s Row to highway planning, education programming, nutrition guidelines, or the three—bedroom, two-bath brick colonial up the street that came on the market yesterday. When I was growing up, change came in the form of Allied Van Lines and huge wooden crates stenciled with an APO address. The mystery of where we were going was never made clear until the last minute, when my father’s travel orders were finalized.

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