By Preston Fleming
Beirut, 1982. Conrad Prosser is a talented Arabist, professional agent handler, prolific intelligence reporter, and a gourmand of Beirut's underground nightlife. yet, as his two-year journey on the U.S. Embassy nears its finish, Prosser's intelligence profession is in jeopardy simply because he has no longer recruited an agent whereas in Lebanon, a sine qua non requirement for promoting.
Surveying his many contacts, Prosser selects an enticing Lebanese doctoral scholar and her idealistic brother as applicants for improvement. even as, he holds clandestine conferences by way of day and evening together with his string of Lebanese and Palestinian brokers, urgent them to find who's in the back of the most recent wave of auto bombings that has terrorized Muslim West Beirut. but if one in all his brokers offers details used to trap a Syrian-backed bombing group, Prosser units off a cycle of retaliation that threatens greater than his profession and loved lifestyle.
At first denying, then later concealing, obvious makes an attempt on his existence, Prosser units out to avoid wasting either his activity and his epidermis, exploiting his brokers, his ally, a former lover, his new female friend and her enigmatic brother. In doing so, he places their lives in danger and discovers too overdue the impression of his heedless activities.
DYNAMITE FISHERMEN deals advanced characters, fast paced motion, a vibrant portrayal of human intelligence operations and the flavour of Beirut in the course of its darkish days of ci
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Moreland scratched on the back of a gas station receipt, looking for the girlfriend who set up the date between his client and J. T. Cummings, the only person Dana can think of who can corroborate her story. The ﬁrst number is disconnected. The other is the home of a Mexi can woman who sounds to be about eighty. She’s never heard of Dana Moreland. Jay leaves a note on Eddie Mae’s desk: they’ve got to ﬁnd the witness. He gets home late, after eight o’clock. Bernie is already in bed, snoring. She left a plate for him on the stove.
Charlie passes on a cross-exam. For his direct, he walks a sta pled stack of papers to the judge’s bench: the cop’s afﬁdavit and the original police report. The judge reads the pages in silence while they all wait. The court reporter checks a chipped nail. The bailiff looks at his watch. Out in the hallway, they can hear rubber soles squeaking on the linoleum and one side of an argu ment about who has the best catﬁsh plate, Delﬁna’s on Main or Guido’s. Finally, Judge Hicks looks up, looks right at Jay.
By now, he’s onto the hustle. “If I could just get a little money,” the guy starts. “I’ll pay you back, I swear. ” Jay stands and shows him to the door. The hooker is the only bright spot on the horizon. He tries a couple of phone numbers Ms. Moreland scratched on the back of a gas station receipt, looking for the girlfriend who set up the date between his client and J. T. Cummings, the only person Dana can think of who can corroborate her story. The ﬁrst number is disconnected. The other is the home of a Mexi can woman who sounds to be about eighty.