The Venona Cable

The Venona Cable

A Thriller

Book - 2009
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Arrested in the wake of a Hollywood filmmaker's murder, Russian agent and criminal Volk learns how the victim's reputation was destroyed amid allegations of spying activities and that he may have had ties to Volk's father.

McMillan Palgrave

Russian agent and criminal Alexei Volkovoy pays an action-packed visit to the U.S. to uncover secrets of the infamous Venona cables and to attempt to clear his family name

The past erupts into the present when the police arrest Alexei Volkovoy, known as Volk, at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport and take him to a murder scene. At first, the dead man appears to be just one more victim of Moscow’s out-of-control violence. But Volk soon discovers that he is a famous Hollywood filmmaker whose reputation was destroyed in 1995 when the CIA released decrypted documents from the Venona cables—the top-secret American and British crypto-analysis of Soviet messages that implicated the Rosenbergs, Alger Hiss, Kim Philby, and hundreds of other Soviet spies. Tucked inside the American’s pocket is a marked-up Venona intercept that refers to a Russian used as a spy by the Americans, a man who may have been Volk’s illustrious father.

Aided by his female partner, Valya, Volk’s only hope to clear his family name will be to solve this murder and discover how the Venona papers relate to his father’s disappearance, while powerful forces want to keep him from investigating the past and to remove him from the present.



Blackwell North Amer
The past erupts into the present when Moscow police arrest Alexei Volkovoy, covert agent of the Russian Army and major player in Russia's vicious underworld, and take him to a murder scene. At first, the dead man appears to be just one more victim of Moscow's toxic violence. But Volk soon discovers that he is a famous Hollywood cinematographer whose reputation was destroyed in 1995 when the CIA released decrypted documents from the Venona project - the top-secret American and British cryptanalysis of Soviet messages that implicated the Rosenbergs, Alger Hiss, Kim Philby, and hundreds of other Soviet spies. Hidden among the dead American's possessions are a Venona intercept with a clue to the identity of a World War II-era Russian spy known only as Source 19 - and a photograph that suggests Volk's long-missing father was a traitor.
Aided by his partner, Valya, Volk's only hope to clear his family name will be to solve the murder and discover how the Venona papers relate to his father's disappearance. But powerful forces want to keep him from investigating the past and to eliminate him from the present.

Baker
& Taylor

Arrested in the wake of a Hollywood filmmaker's murder, Russian agent and criminal Volk learns how the victim's reputation was destroyed amid allegations of spying activities and that he may have had ties to Volk's father. By the award-winning author of Volk's Game . 35,000 first printing.
Russian agent and criminal Alexei Volkovoy pays an action-packed visit to the U.S. to uncover secrets of the infamous Venona cables and to attempt to clear his family name.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805088946
0805088946
Branch Call Number: FIC GHE
Characteristics: 317 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.

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Mar 12, 2014

An interesting character in an interesting time written in a most interesting style. A great series (the Volk series).

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