Hello Professor Thurston,
Goodbye Soviet Union
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
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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THE SPY BOOK
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