By Frederick Reuss
Males: One discovers the price of holding secrets and techniques, of creating a occupation inside of a central authority company the place secrets and techniques are the operational foundation. Noel Leonard works for the protection Intelligence research middle, mapping coordinates for army activities midway world wide. One morning he learns that an errors in his workplace is liable for the bombing of a faculty in Afghanistan. And he understands without warning 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 method towards a extra in my view sincere existence within which he can inform his kin every little thing each day. one other guy learns that family members secrets and techniques have stored him from who he's and from the ineluctable methods he's connected to an international he has continually disdained. This unnamed narrator, a cartographer, is the son of a occupation diplomat whose actions in Southeast Asia in the course of the Vietnam warfare after which in Europe throughout the chilly warfare won't were what they have been acknowledged to be. He, too, travels to Switzerland, yet his quest isn't to free up himself from secrecy it really is to profit how deep the secrets and techniques in his personal existence cross. With a voice like John le CarrÃƒÂ© 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 unique of the time from an acclaimed writer who understands the lay of the land.
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I didn’t know what to make of it. After a while, I got out and walked to the water’s edge. A cement walkway, littered with debris washed up from the river, runs the entire perimeter of East Potomac Park. An elderly black man wearing a desert camouflage cap was fishing over the railing. A veteran, I figured. It was hard not to think he’d always been there. Just beyond him a group of teenagers was listening to hip-hop on a boom box. Farther down, a man in a suit stood smoking a cigarette. A Park Police cruiser pulled up, idled briefly at the curb, then slowly drove on.
Pat moves closer. ” She reaches up, but he turns away, wipes his cheek in the crook of an elbow, then stares dumbly at the television screen while Pat watches him intently. Weird. He hadn’t. He didn’t. It wasn’t. In a minute it’s over, and giddiness creeps in. ” He shakes his head with a mild chuckle. “It was just a prank. ” He can only shrug. A blank look. The fuller world. ” “No. He just told me to stop. I stopped. It was over, and I left. ” He shrugs. She continues staring. ” He shrugs. ” He turns to her and smiles.
She poured the coffee, fetched a bottle of Irish whiskey from the cabinet, and splashed a generous measure into her cup. She offered the same for me and was surprised when I accepted. I’m not a big whiskey drinker but felt a sense of nourishment in that sip, something careless and down to earth. We were quiet for a while, which is the natural complement to the aromas of booze and coffee. She held her cup by the handle, propping the rim with the fingertips of her other hand. Her gray hair was pulled back into a bun, and her eyes were a little bloodshot, but she was alert and present.
A Geography of Secrets by Frederick Reuss