By Frederick Reuss
Males: One discovers the price of retaining secrets and techniques, of creating a profession inside a central authority supplier the place secrets and techniques are the operational foundation. Noel Leonard works for the safety Intelligence research middle, mapping coordinates for army activities midway around the globe. One morning he learns that an blunders in his workplace is answerable for the bombing of a college in Afghanistan. And he is familiar with unexpectedly that he's as by myself as he's mistaken. From his windowless place of work in DC to an intelligence convention in Switzerland, and again to his daughter s university in Virginia, Noel claws his means towards a extra in my opinion sincere existence within which he can inform his relations every little thing each day. one other guy learns that kin secrets and techniques have stored him from who he's and from the ineluctable methods he's connected to a global he has consistently disdained. This unnamed narrator, a cartographer, is the son of a occupation diplomat whose actions in Southeast Asia in the course of the Vietnam struggle after which in Europe through the chilly conflict won't were what they have been stated to be. He, too, travels to Switzerland, yet his quest isn't to liberate himself from secrecy it really is to profit how deep the secrets and techniques in his personal lifestyles move. With a voice like John le CarrÃƒÂ© s and the foreign sensibility of Graham Greene, Frederick Reuss examines the inevitably covert nature of lives that make their circles via Washington, DC. A Geography of secrets and techniques is a singular of the time from an acclaimed writer who is familiar with the lay of the land.
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Rather than join us, she went back into the kitchen. ” Blake asked. I ignored the question. ” Blake swished his gin. ” I pressed on. ” He frowned into his glass. “What can I say? ” “Surprised? ” Blake took it in very calmly, then tossed back the remainder of his drink and glanced in silent debate with himself at the bottle on the side table. The vulnerability in his look softened me somewhat. I hadn’t meant to attack the man, but I had no patience for the mysterious-stranger game he was playing.
The vulnerability in his look softened me somewhat. I hadn’t meant to attack the man, but I had no patience for the mysterious-stranger game he was playing. I didn’t give a damn. The parlor aspect of the last decade of my father’s life had worn thin. Since his retirement, the string of people who had trailed through this apartment could have stretched around the block. I don’t remember when I began to find their eccentric friends and busy social life depressing, but I’d seen enough of the comings and goings during my visits to know better than to attach significance to anyone claiming deep friendship.
Her gregarious nature was the driving force in the marriage, a force that over the years worked big changes. My father went from a person who generally avoided socializing to being surrounded by admirers, people charmed by his gruff reserve, the sentimental tough guy. He loved being typisch Amerikanisch—as long as typical meant Humphrey Bogart. Nicole lit a cigarette and began moving empty glasses from the cluttered counter into the sink. She was covering her grief with a get-to-work ethos and heavy smoking.
A Geography of Secrets by Frederick Reuss