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West Berlin, 1979. Helen Abell oversees the CIA's network of safe houses, rare havens for field agents and case officers amidst the dangerous milieu of a city in the grips of the Cold War. Helen's world is upended when, during her routine inspection of an agency property, she overhears a meeting between two unfamiliar people speaking a coded language that hints at shadowy realities far beyond her comprehension. 

Before the day is out, she witnesses a second unauthorized encounter, one that will place her in the sight lines of the most ruthless and powerful man at the agency. Her attempts to expose the dark truths about what she has witnessed will bring about repercussions that reach across decades and continents into the present day, when, in a farm town in Maryland, a young man is arrested for the double murder of his parents, and his sister takes it upon herself to find out why he did it.

©2018 Dan Fesperman (P)2018 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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My new favorite author

I heard Dan, i feel intimately enough connected to cal him Dan, interviews by Terry Gross and was intrigued with his use of female characters in a CIA type novel. I was a bit concerned when I saw he was reading it himself. I have often been disappointed by this effort. He DID NOT disappoint. His accents were wonderful and his timing impeccable. After all- he wrote the words. I loved the story, the intrigue, getting to know the CIA from a female agent's point of view. He can write about difficult material without making you want to turn off the tape. He has a sweet spot form delicate romance and a sense of human vulnerabilities. Best of all , he has a delicious sense of humor. The tale is complex enough to keep you on the edge of your seat Only criticism is the last unraveling explanation was a bit quick-. It could have been developed a tad more.

I downloaded Letter Writer without skipping a beat and i have not been disappointed.

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Attention Keeper

Good story line, believable tradecraft, expert narration....all in all an enjoyable audio experience. Recommend his "The Double Game" and "Layover in Dubai". Equally, good reads....

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story good - editing inconsistent

problems with editing, can hear paper rustling and narrator apologizing and re-reading in a different voice. story was good!

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Fiction from Truth

Begins in a Berlin CIA safe house in 1979. Helen, CIA agent and manager of four safe houses, overhears two separate situations. The voice activated recording system captures it all. The story switches to 2014 when Helen and her husband are murdered in their bed.

Helen's daughter Anna is drawn into both past and present solving of the crime and crimes. Narration of Anna's story in the present day is interspersed with flashbacks to Helen's days with the CIA. I like this device and find that it keeps the action going at a good pace.

I had my doubts about the author narrating his own book, but that was quickly dispelled. Fesperman did a great job...as good as any of my favorite narrators.

Unfortunately, the author's notes at the end of the book are not included in the Audible edition. I recommend finding a hard copy and checking them out. He relates the many actual facts from the history of the CIA that are included as part of the story. Some parts sound wacky but are true!

A good read, well written and with excellent character development. I highly recommend.

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Do not allow authors to read their own works

Apart from Neil Gaiman, I have yet to hear an author who reads his own book and is good at it. This story had the added ingredients of shuffling papers and a mis-edited section that says "Go back, wrong voice." The story itself was entertaining with a few holes but overall, I enjoyed it.

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