Original Novel Title: Liars & Thieves
Author: Stephen Coonts
Publisher: New York, NY: St. Martin's Press, 2004 (hardcover)
Based on the 1992 defection to Great Britain of retired KGB archivist Vasili Mitrokhin, Coonts fictionalized his real-life hero as Mikhail Goncharov, who temporarily loses his memory and witnesses his wife's death at the hands of assassins in a CIA-controlled safe house, in this thriller featuring Tommy Carmellini, ex-burglar, CIA operative and retired Admiral Jake Grafton's friend. Grafton plays a pivotal role in the novel as mysterious, murderous forces swirl around Carmellini and his circle of friends while they attempt to unravel and entrap the person responsible. Some excellent descriptions of Goncharov and his work life appear on pages 42, 43, and 263 to 265.
The Fictional World of Archives
Submitted by David Mattison, 2004.08.10. Updated 2004.08.10.