Head of State

Head of State

by Richard Hoyt

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"Richard Hoyt is an expert writer." —The New York Times

If his plan worked, he would bring
Russia to its knees. But if he failed . . .

When poet lsaak Ginsburg innocently asks Soviet authorities for permission to emigrate, he is sent instead to a Siberian work camp. After two inhuman years, he is released . . . seemingly a model of reform.

But Ginsburg has a plot for revenge . . . a devious, bizarre plan which could bring the Soviet government to its knees.

With the help of the beautiful wife of a Russian diplomat, a group of dissident Estonians, residents of a cancer, clinic—and unconventional CIA agent James Burlane—Ginsburg puts his plan into action.

For one year's open emigration from Soviet bloc countries, he plans to steal—and ransom—Russia's most precious national relic . . . the Head of State.

"Madcap Marxist suspense . . . shows Hoyt in his best form. Ginsburg has far more weight and dignity than is common to a thriller." —Kirkus Reviews

"HEAD OF STATE conducts the suspense novel at a new level of literacy . . . ingenious and forceful." —Brian O'Doherty

Product Details

BN ID: 2940162190370
Publisher: Speaking Volumes
Publication date: 02/10/2021
Series: James Burlane , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 833,340
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Richard Hoyt graduated from the University of Oregon. After graduating from the U.S. Army Intelligence School in Ft. Holabird, Maryland, he served as a counterintelligence agent then returned to Oregon to earn a master’s degree. A fellow of the Washington Journalism Center, he worked as a Washington correspondent for The Oregonian and other Pacific Northwest newspapers. He later earned a PhD in American studies from the University of Hawaii. Hoyt wrote for both morning and afternoon newspapers in Honolulu and was a stringer for Newsweek magazine. He taught journalism and writing courses at the University of Maryland and Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, before quitting to write novels full-time.

Hoyt is the author of the John Denson mysteries, the James Burlane thrillers and numerous other novels of adventure, espionage and suspense. In researching and writing in more than two dozen countries in Europe, Latin America, and Asia, he has ridden trains across the Soviet Union and riverboats down the Amazon. He now lives in Vancouver, Washington, with his wife Teresita, formerly of Cebu City, Philippines and his daughter Teresa. He has a daughter, Laura, from a previous marriage.

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