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The Domino Conspiracy Hardcover – September 8, 1992

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From Publishers Weekly

A common crisis unites U.S. and Soviet intelligence in glasnost -style cooperation as the Cold War rages around them in this sweeping conspiracy thriller set in the era of Khruschev and Kennedy. A powerful faction within the Soviet military initiates a subtle chain of events designed to goad Albania's secet police into assassinating Khruschev. The consequent disappearance of agents from the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. spurs the legitimate intelligence forces of both countries into action--and brings back characters from Heywood's The Berkut. As Khruschev reassembles the Soviet Special Operations Group, the CIA calls Beau Valentine out of retirement in Texas. Valentine and his new partner, Sylvia Charles, following a trail of corpses throughout Europe as they pursue schizophrenic renegade spy Albert Frash, eventually fall in with the Soviet team. Caught up in Heywood's seamless plotting and taut pacing, the reader sets aside questions of history and forges on, afraid to fall behind in the chase. Post-Gorbachev hindsight occasionally distracts, but the novel's historic context--the Bay of Pigs invasion; the Khruschev-Kennedy summit--holds together, and its characters prove engaging incarnations of the thriller genre's classic types.
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From Kirkus Reviews

A dense and often plodding thriller--more cold-war espionage- -from the author of The Berkut (1987), etc. In early 1961, on the eve of the Vienna Summit in which new President Kennedy and Russian Premier Khrushchev will first take each other's measure, disaster looms. An elaborate plot by Russian conservatives is designed to bring about Khrushchev's downfall and death at the hands of Albanian assassins. A psychotic CIA agent with a murderous dual personality, frustrated because his personal plan to bring down the Albanian government has been thwarted, targets JFK for assassination. Both the US and Soviet governments are trying to piece together various clues about these situations. On the Soviet side is the Soviet Operations Group, first featured in The Berkut; leading the American effort is former CIA operative Beau Valentine, also from the earlier book. Heywood doesn't make it easy for the reader, what with quick cuts from scene to scene (no more than four pages at a stretch for the most part, often fewer), myriad new and recurring characters and relationships, and regular dead-end (emphasis on ``dead'') results to most investigative trails. All is leavened with generous dollops of hard sex and brutal violence. Much here to provoke serious thought--the manner in which a single piece of intelligence information can affect the course of history; how the Bay of Pigs fiasco might have colored Khrushchev's impression of JFK and US policy; etc.--but only a truly persevering reader will make the full journey down all the novel's labyrinthine pathways. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (September 8, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679415572
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679415572
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #748,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Rhinebeck, New York. Grew up as Air Force brat. 1961 graduate of Rudyard High School in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Michigan State graduate, BA-Journalism, 1965. USAF, 1965-1970. Graduate studies in English Literature at Western Michigan University in mid-1970s. Former adjunct professor of professional writing at Western Michigan University. Author, cartoonist, painter, poet, photographer, fisherman, hiker, Heywood spends up to a month a year in trucks on patrol with Michigan conservation officers to gather information for the Woods Cop mystery series. The experience helps make the stories authentic. Almost everything in the series has happened to a CO somewhere in the state. His blog, rich in colorful and interesting photographs, is "Joe-Roads," on his web-site,

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John G. Hilliard on April 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
After you finish this book you will swear that he did not also write his first great book The Berkut. This book is one that you need a lot of coffee and bright lights on to stay as attentive as you need to be (and want to be) to grasp the many sub plots and subtitle twists. This book is not a fast paced thriller, but a rather slow moving heavy book that you really can sink your teeth into to. This book is not heading to the movie screen any time soon due to its complexity. I think of his writing this, it is what Clancy would be like if he had a Masters in English Lit from Yale. If you are looking for this type of book then you should buy this book, if you are looking for something lighter then many Higgins is for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This is a most talented writer who was unluckily overlooked by most readers since his research direction and subjects both were too truly European or Russian. His BURKU was a rare treat of tour-de-force that really shook me and touched me deeply, and this one was no exception, very professionally prepared and presented with wonderful writing, the scenario and plots, like BURKU, really caused me to rethink the possibilty of reality and made me wonder, IS IT POSSIBLE? May be it's just like what Heywood portrayed...? I'm trying very hard to look for his TAXI DANCER now.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dennis ( on August 29, 1998
Format: Hardcover
It has been many years since reading this pair of books. Incredible how such a talented author is hidden away with his masterpieces out of print. The characters in both The Berkut and The Domino Conspiracy are unique and unforgetable. After 12 years I hope he will allow his followers another opportunity to escape into his rich style of storytelling. Thank you Mr Heywood. I only wish I had hard cover editions and could remember who I loaned the paperbacks to.
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By Thomas Smith on January 15, 2013
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Here is a book right up there with Heywood's other book 'The Berkut' and a scary piece of 'what if' fiction. A definite must read!!
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