The novel takes us into the heart of a time when the world stood on the edge of armageddon. Through an encounter between a Russian student and a New York cop, we are swept up in the nightmare of the Cubam Missile crisis as the alarmingly convincing story of the two men becomes entangled with a plot which can ensnare the superpowers in Nuclear war.
Well the time and place might have made for a nice noirish tale but the period detail is lashed onto the text...our hero seems to be everywhere where "important" things are happening. The characters spend too much time reading their own/others diaries to fill in the plot points.....is he a traitor...NO...is he a traitor three pages more...YES...the characters get confusing...never keeping who they are supposed to be for too long....others come and go as part of a supposed conspiracy or hunt the Reds.....the ending is rather unsatisfactory and the tacked on "what happened to?" who cares. Why anyone got killed is still a mystery and I was glad to finish it to get it out the way.
Could be a good four part HBO thing but it reads at the moment like a novel ripped from the script of the crappy "Hostages" show.