Sasha Plotkin’s Deceit-Vaughn Sherman

Sasha Plotkin’s Deceit

Vaughn Sherman

Camel Press, Aug 1 2012, $16.95

ISBN: 9781603818117


In 1972 after spending two years as a geographical bachelor in Viet Nam while his wife and kids resided in the Seattle area, CIA officer Chris Holbeck is now home with his family.  However, he receives a call to come to headquarters.  His disappointed wife Lisa warns him that if he works this case, she will leave him.  Chris flies to DC where he learns KGB operative Sasha Plotkin has surfaced and wants to defect but only to Chris.  The Agency wants Plotkin hoping he identifies the high echelon mole who sold secrets that led to the death of undercover operative Han Weiner.


In 1968 Stockholm, American Embassy’s First Secretary Bill Broom invites Chris and Lisa to a gala because they fluently speak Swedish.  At the party, he meets Swedish Foreign Office’s Chief of Protocol Peter Palmstjerna; a few weeks later Peter invites them to a bash he hosts.  There they meet Sasha Plotkin; both spies immediately recognize the other as comrades in arms albeit opposite sides.  They become friends.  The Russian asks his American counterpart to help him defect.  Chris arranges the escape, but on D-Day Sasha fails to arrive and soon afterward the American realizes the extent of the Russian’s deceit.  Now three years later Sasha wants his friend to help him defect.


This exciting Cold War espionage thriller is a character driven tale that brings to life the Nixon Era through the cast as even the parties display tension while the backdrop of Stockholm during the Swedish anti-Vietnam War protests enhances that sense of moving back to a dangerous time.  The storyline is fast-paced as the audience will obsess over what Sasha Plotkin’s Deceit is as Vaughn Sherman provides a strong period piece.


Harriet Klausner


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