The Bucharest Legacy
The Rise of the Oligarchs
by William Maz
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Pub Date 20 Jun 2023 | Archive Date 31 Jul 2023
Summer 2023 Pencraft Best Book Award Winner
CIA agent Bill Hefflin is back in Bucharest—immersed in a cauldron of spies and crooked politicians
The CIA is rocked to its core when a KGB defector divulges that there is a KGB mole inside the Agency. They learn that the mole’s handler is a KGB agent known as Boris. CIA analyst Bill Hefflin recognizes that name—Boris is the code name of Hefflin’s longtime KGB asset. If the defector is correct, Hefflin realizes Boris must be a triple agent, and his supposed mole has been passing false intel to Hefflin and the CIA. What’s more, this makes Hefflin the prime suspect as the KGB mole inside the Agency.
Hefflin is given a chance to prove his innocence by returning to his city of birth, Bucharest, Romania, to find Boris and track down the identity of the mole. It’s been three years since the bloody revolution, and what he finds is a cauldron of spies, crooked politicians, and a country controlled by the underground and the new oligarchs, all of whom want to find Boris. But Hefflin has a secret that no one else knows—Boris has been dead for over a year.
Perfect for fans of John le Carré and Brad Thor
While the novels in the Bill Hefflin Spy Thriller Series stand on their own and can be read in any order, the publication sequence is:
The Bucharest Dossier
The Bucharest Legacy,
Praise for The Bucharest Legacy
“A story of duplicity piled onto duplicity that will keep you guessing right to the end.” —Steve Berry, New York Times best-selling author
“There’s plenty here for fans of spy fiction to enjoy.” —Publishers Weekly
Praise for The Bill Hefflin Spy Thriller Series
“[The Bucharest Dossier is] an accomplished debut—a love story inside an espionage thriller inside a historical record, with all three elements working together to maximum effect. Very impressive and very recommended.” —Lee Child, New York Times best-selling author
“The Bucharest Dossier is compulsively readable . . . William Maz has written a wrenching, action-packed story of love lost and regained as we follow a returning ex-pat in search of his past and the love of his life against the violent backdrop of the Romanian people's revolt against Ceausescu's vicious communist regime.” —F. Paul Wilson, New York Times best-selling author
“The Bucharest Dossier offers up a smooth and scintillating mix of Robert Ludlum and John le Carré at their level best. William Maz's seminal effort is a masterwork of spy trade craft, as well as a prototype of everything a great tale is supposed to be. Solid writing and superb storytelling make this one a must read sure to leave its mark in the crowded international thriller field. Blistering, bracing, and bold.” —Jon Land, USA Today best-selling author of Strong From the Heart
“Brutally realistic about the effects of war and realpolitik, but also affectingly personal and nostalgic, The Bucharest Dossier is suspenseful enough to make one forget the woes of the world for a while, and muse on the mythic draw of childhood innocence and love.” —National Public Radio review by Joan Baum, “Baum on Books”
"The Bucharest Dossier is a realistic and spellbinding portrayal of spycraft during the Romanian Revolution of 1989 reminiscent of Le Carre's best work. Part Bond, part Bourne, CIA analyst Bill Hefflin searches for stolen billions, solves puzzles, and dodges assassins amidst the chaos of a bloody massacre and a changing geopolitical world. Highly recommended.” —William Bernhardt, New York Times best-selling author of The Last Chance Lawyer
“The new thriller The Bucharest Dossier is a must read especially for John le Carré fans. A tense, fast moving story with an unpredictable ending! The author knows well his subject. One couldn’t walk around 1980s Bucharest without bumping into a spy or the secret police.” —Anderson Harp, author of the William Parker thriller series
“With lean, efficient prose, sharp dialogue, solid characterizations, and a good grasp of tradecraft, the novel is a must-read for fans of spy thrillers.” —Booklist
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