Works in Progress

Spy Flash III: The Moscow Rules

A short story for each of the CIA’s informal Moscow Rules.

Coming August 2021.

LoveDeath

A novel about a specific mission in the late 1980s that reunites Alexei with a cousin crucial to his survival.

Coming February 14, 2021.

Enemies Domestic

Sequel to A Perfect Hatred.

Book One

Twenty years after the events in A Perfect Hatred, Mai Fisher has moved into management, and neither she nor Alexei, now retired, give much thought to the mission both of them wanted to forget. A series of terrorist actions at first look like Da’esh–ISIL, ISIS–has set up shop in the United States, but an interview with an inmate serving life in Red Onion Penitentiary sheds a new light on an old mission.

Book Two

As all the pieces come together, Mai Fisher can finally bring that old mission to a conclusion, but the reach of a secret cabal of rich men far exceeds hers.

Book Three, A Squalid Procession of Vain Fools

The Directorate has moved to Geneva, Switzerland, and Alexei Bukharin is content to be a house-husband while Mai continues as the head of The Directorate. Of all places, while in the grocery store, someone approaches him, someone who stirs a vague memory. The woman pops up again and again, and when she confesses who she really is, Alexei ends up in the hospital. Mai deals with this domestic upset while she continues her plan to bring down an American president–only to find out they’re both related.

Meeting The Enemy 

Genre: Historical Fiction/Thriller series about the events of September 11, 2001, and its aftermath.

Book One, Terror

After a few stops and starts at retirement, Mai may have finally settled down, much to Alexei’s delight. Then, on September 11, 2001, she decides to look at real estate in Number Two World Trade Center. When the building collapses, Alexei is convinced she has not survived. He cuts all ties, empties bank accounts the KGB then the SVR left for his use, and heads for Afghanistan. Mai, who has indeed survived, gets drawn into an elaborate undercover mission in the CIA, the only way she can get into Afghanistan to find Alexei.

Book Two, Retribution

The stories about a new warlord on the scene, Mir Saradi (Mountain Wolf), all point to Alexei’s having abandoned his old life for one where he hunts the man he believes killed his wife, Osama bin Laden. Mai, finally in Afghanistan with a CIA paramilitary team, Alexei’s nephew Kolya Antonov, and Yuri Burov, loaned to her by Russian President Dmitri Kargin, seems to arrive where Alexei has been, a few days or hours behind him. As she’s playing the part of a CIA paramilitary, she discovers something the Vice President of the United States decides she needs to die for. Can she survive long enough to get to Tora Bora and Alexei before the U.S. Air Force bombs it back to the Stone Age?

Book Three, Rendition

While Alexei reintegrates himself into his old life, Mai’s CIA “career” continues, with her trying to head off a group inside the CIA who is building a case for war in Iraq. After amassing the intelligence to arrest Khalid Sheik Mohammed, she becomes the head of a rendition prison in Romania. When Mai refuses to waterboard her prisoner, she is recalled, where she finds the Vice President decides to punish her by causing the cover of a valuable CIA employee to be blown. The Vice President’s price is still on Mai’s head until Nelson finds a remedy.

Supreme Madness of the Carnival Season 

Genre: Literary Fiction, with a hint of mystery.

Successful romance author Marilyn Hendrix and her frustrated novelist husband Hunter Russell buy a house in the historic district of the Shenandoah Valley town of Ewington. After tearing down the walls in a room they are renovating they make the grisly discovery of the bones of a baby, likely placed there sometime during World War II. After Marilyn gets over the initial shock and the horrific reminder of her late-in-pregnancy miscarriage, she decides to look into who might have put the baby there. However, someone in Ewington wants that kept a secret.

Mournful Influence of the Unperceived Shadow

Genre: Literary Fiction, with a hint of mystery; sequel to Supreme Madness of the Carnival Season

Now divorced and in a new relationship with private investigator Cody Britto, Marilyn Hendrix is cornered by the brother of a writer friend, who asks her to look into why his girlfriend walked away from their elopement. Neither Marilyn nor Cody wants to get into the business of solving mysteries together, but when their “client” dies in a fire of suspicious origins, they began to look into the history of an unusual family who lives outside Ewington, a family who holds a particularly dark and sordid secret.