Or The Spy Who Came Out of the Gold -- namely Harry Bristow, a Washington-wise Middle European historian, who goes to the...

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KOLCHAK'S GOLD

Or The Spy Who Came Out of the Gold -- namely Harry Bristow, a Washington-wise Middle European historian, who goes to the Kremlin ostensibly to research the siege of Sebastopol. Unbeknownst to him, at first, is the unholy alliance of the CIA, KGB, and Israeli secret services who use him as their pawn in their combined search for the Czar's lost treasury which the Nazis stole and reburied in the second World War, and which for some reason only Harry can find. His apparent betrayal by Nikki, his Israeli agent girl friend, is enough to make him wash his hands of both moolah and politics as he disappears somewhere in the big wide world with the secrets and (eventually) the girl -- the little man standing up to the System. Overlaid on the traditional structure of double agentry and subsequent disillusionment is the marvelously complicated narrative device -- essentially Harry's notes sent on the lam to his ""editors"" who fill in the missing backgrounds with fascinating little-known info on such stuff as the Russian Civil War -- a nice bit of authenticizing that gives this a huge lead on others of the genre.

Pub Date: Jan. 11, 1973

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: McKay

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1973