Dancing for the General
Sue Star and Bill Beatty, author
Amid the exotic sights, sounds and smells of mysterious Turkey, a young woman must bring order out of chaos. Two murders, an attack on her life and the abduction of her niece create a challenge. A Turkish detective—a koreli—must solve the two murders. His superiors don’t want them solved. They want him to stop a revolution all by himself. A retired general plots to overthrow the government. A young gypsy girl dances for the general and learns too much to be allowed to live.
Set in 1957, this atmospheric spy story from Star (Organized Death) and Beatty (Hell Down Under) opens in Ankara, Turkey, where Anna Riddle, a young American teacher, has recently arrived to care for her niece, Priscilla, whose parents—Anna’s sister and brother-in-law, who works for the State Department—had to leave the country at short notice. One hot summer day, while Anna and Priscilla are visiting an ancient tomb, the sound of a gunshot leads them to the body of a man wearing a Western business suit. Clutched in his hand is a letter written years ago by Anna to her former fiancé, Lt. Rainer Akers, who was killed while on a mission to the Eastern Front in 1945. Anna soon becomes embroiled in a slowly unfolding mystery of political turmoil and dark family secrets. Readers may initially struggle to understand the link between Anna’s narrative and chapters devoted to Meryem Alekci, a Romani dancer whose life is in danger, but those who persevere will be rewarded. Historical fiction fans won’t want to miss this one. (BookLife)