A Geography of Secrets by Frederick Reuss

By Frederick Reuss

Males: One discovers the price of holding secrets and techniques, of creating a occupation inside a central authority service provider the place secrets and techniques are the operational foundation. Noel Leonard works for the protection Intelligence research middle, mapping coordinates for army activities midway around the globe. One morning he learns that an blunders in his workplace is chargeable for the bombing of a faculty in Afghanistan. And he understands unexpectedly that he's as on my own as he's unsuitable. From his windowless workplace in DC to an intelligence convention in Switzerland, and again to his daughter s collage in Virginia, Noel claws his means towards a extra individually sincere lifestyles during which he can inform his kinfolk every thing each day. one other guy learns that relations secrets and techniques have saved him from who he's and from the ineluctable methods he's hooked up to a global he has consistently disdained. This unnamed narrator, a cartographer, is the son of a profession diplomat whose actions in Southeast Asia throughout the Vietnam battle after which in Europe in the course of the chilly struggle would possibly not were what they have been acknowledged to be. He, too, travels to Switzerland, yet his quest isn't to liberate himself from secrecy it's to profit how deep the secrets and techniques in his personal lifestyles pass. With a voice like John le Carré s and the overseas sensibility of Graham Greene, Frederick Reuss examines the necessarily covert nature of lives that make their circles via Washington, DC. A Geography of secrets and techniques is a unique of the time from an acclaimed writer who understands the lay of the land.

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It has no windows. At the end of the corridor is a large window with a panoramic view of the city. He pauses there from time to time to remind himself where he is. He can see the domes of the Capitol and the Library of Congress, the Washington Monument. On the hilltop in the distance is the National Cathedral. In the foreground are Haines Point and East Potomac Park, where he often plays golf; Fort McNair, the National War College, and the brand-new Nationals’ baseball stadium. Immediately in front is the Anacos-tia Naval Air Station, where the president’s helicopters are parked in an enormous hangar surrounded by double rows of high-security fencing.

On television, Charlie Rose coaxes and prods his evening guest as if each is satisfying a natural appetite for being fascinated. The ingenuous vigor of talk-show routine is difficult for him to watch. Is it that they know so much of so little? Or so little of so much? One day he will tell Pat everything. When the time comes. But what will he tell her? How will he begin? With the little white grubs? Beans? The dead schoolchildren? 07”W My mother lives in a condominium complex next to the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.

For the first time, I was looking at the place as it really existed on the landscape, not as a complex of fixed coordinates and bundled meanings. I felt unburdened. A trio of blue air force Hueys came choppering up the channel and passed overhead, rotor wake trembling on the surface of the water. The man glanced up indifferently and began to reel in his line. I wondered if choppers roaring overhead could be felt by the fish, if they scared them away or caused them to bite. C. Even with a house inside the Beltway, a family and a career, it’s hard not to feel that you’re merely holding down a place until someone else steps in to take over.

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