The Briar Patch
The State Department’s obscure 1970’s Cold War Office for Counterespionage and Internal Security, CX/IS, directed by top agent Thorne, was a law unto itself: Shoot first. Ask questions later. The Office was dubbed the Briar Patch. Thorne was ordered to destroy copies of the President’s initiatives for an Arab/Israeli peace accord and the code keys for encrypted messages among the parties, stolen from the Benghazi Consulate. He trailed two suspected Vice Consuls to the ski resort at the Cedars of Lebanon. Disguised as the gruff Shafer he mixed in a group of would be spies. For the youthful green eyed, red haired, exotic secret agent Maria, grace in motion, and Thorne it is love at first sight. These soul mates are sworn enemies. Maria knew death was a spy’s pay off. Thorne knew Briar Patch law decreed: Accuse ∙ Try ∙ Execute. Did a consummated love end in flaming hate?