A Geography of Secrets by Frederick Reuss

By Frederick Reuss

Males: One discovers the price of maintaining secrets and techniques, of establishing a profession inside a central authority company the place secrets and techniques are the operational foundation. Noel Leonard works for the safeguard Intelligence research heart, mapping coordinates for army activities midway worldwide. One morning he learns that an mistakes in his place of work is liable for the bombing of a college in Afghanistan. And he is aware without warning that he's as on my own as he's incorrect. From his windowless workplace in DC to an intelligence convention in Switzerland, and again to his daughter s collage in Virginia, Noel claws his approach towards a extra individually sincere existence during which he can inform his kin every little thing each day. one other guy learns that kin secrets and techniques have saved him from who he's and from the ineluctable methods he's connected to a global he has continually disdained. This unnamed narrator, a cartographer, is the son of a profession diplomat whose actions in Southeast Asia throughout the Vietnam warfare after which in Europe through the chilly battle won't were what they have been acknowledged to be. He, too, travels to Switzerland, yet his quest isn't to unencumber himself from secrecy it really is to benefit how deep the secrets and techniques in his personal existence cross. With a voice like John le Carré s and the foreign 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 singular of the time from an acclaimed writer who is familiar with the lay of the land.

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I was a little drunk when I left a short time later. It was late afternoon. She’d asked me to return some books to the library for her. It was a routine request. She typically has half-a-dozen overdue books lying around at any given time. Although she lives in Bethesda, she often takes books from the library in Georgetown, where her friend Marge Noonan works. Marge is also a divorced Foreign Service wife. She and my mother had been cordial in the Foreign Service wife way back in Madras. They became friends years later, in the context of their divorces.

It wasn’t all that clear to us who had the cooler father. Over the years, as Army Map became the Defense Mapping Agency and then the National Imagery and Mapping Agency and finally the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, it has become an imposing and somewhat incongruous presence in the neighborhood, protected by high fences and an elaborate security gate at the main entrance. Soon it will disappear from public view entirely and move to Fort Belvoir, where a new and vastly enlarged headquarters is being built.

I felt sorry for him. ” I asked. ” As I left the room, he called after me, “An olive would be lovely, too. ” It was a familiar errand and took the charge out of the atmosphere. As a Foreign Service brat, I’d grown up around the protocols of cocktails and drinking. Nicole was putting things away in the kitchen. ” she asked. ” I took out the ice and the olives, expecting her to put some sort of time limit on the continued hospitality. But she didn’t. She followed me back into the living room, where Blake was now sitting with his chin on his chest.

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