The only identifying marks on a body left in a backwoods quarry are dental work and faded tattoos. Investigating police detective Joe Gunther enters the paranoid world of the CIA and Russian mafia, which will do anything to settle an old Cold War dispute--including getting rid of Joe by framing him for a crime he didn't commit.
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FROM RUSSIA WITH MURDER The corpse lies facedown in a deserted quarry, strangled to death with piano wire. The man looks Slavic. There are no identifiers except foreign dental work and cryptic tattoos. Stumped, Gunther wonders what a guy like this is doing in Vermont, and why the CIA is sniffing around. The agency tells him the victim was just an old Russkie they've been tailing for years. But Gunther smells a rat. Why do they keep urging him to drop the case? And why do they consistently keep local cops and the FBI in the dark? Searching for answers, Gunther enters a strange battle zone where the blood of Cold War operatives still runs hot. And finds himself pitted against the very legal system he has always fought to uphold as he fights for life itself.