Hello Professor Thurston,
Goodbye Soviet Union

     In his humorous novel The Spy Book, John Westin tells the story of an inept attempt by the Soviet Union to con an American professor into preventing the collapse of the Soviet economy.
     Instead of saving the Soviets, professor Eugene Thurston and graduate student Natalie Kramer put the last nail in the coffin.
     History books describe the Soviet collapse differently, but Westin’s novel—just published by McNeil and Richards—tells it this way:
Nick Boorstin, a Soviet spy who is working at an auto repair shop in Brooklyn in 1990, is ordered by Moscow to secure the help of Professor Thurston, an economist at the University of Virginia, in finding out what the Soviets are doing wrong. Nick enlists the help of Kramer, an undercover agent, and she entices Professor Thurston into helping her write a book about the Soviet economy.
     Suddenly, Thurston’s world is turned upside down. He is engulfed by infighting in the economics department, he’s writing a book about the Soviet economy, he’s falling in love with Natalie and he’s being investigated by the F.B.I. Life seemed so simple before he met Natalie.
     As for the Soviets, they are none too happy when they hear their top secret book is scheduled to be published in the United States.
     Westin’s other novels include The Anchor War and Stealing the White House. See www.McNeilAndRichards.com for details about these and other books.

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