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A NOTE FROM JIM LEHRER
I covered the assassination of President Kennedy as a newspaper reporter, I have an old house in the panhandle of West Virginia and I have always wanted to be a spy. Those are the three disparate influences that led me to write the novel, Blue Hearts.
The connections go like this:
And where does the title, Blue Hearts, come from? Well, "blue heart"--as in the military's purple heart medal--is what agency people call certificates of honor presented secretly to CIA personnel wounded in the line of duty. Is that really true or did I make that up? Good question.
- The novel is the story of a CIA intelligence officer who was assigned on November 22, 1963 to determine whether there was Russian involvement in the killing of President Kennedy. That was one of my assignments for The Dallas Times Herald during the days after the assassination.
- Some thirty years afterward, my fictional CIA man is retired from the agency and, with his wife, runs a high-scale bed and breakfast in their restored 18th century house in West Virginia. The house in the book is a near-replica of the one my wife Kate and I have in real life.
- Out of the blue, the retired agent is thrust back into reliving the hours immediately after the Kennedy assassination and dealing with new and present dramas, dangers, and mysteries that flow from it. All of this is based on my imagined--and completely non-existent--life as a highly-skilled intelligence officer for the United States of America.
Pub date: 08/02/01
Price: $13.00/19.95 Canada
5-1/2 X 8-1/4
Carton Quantity: 44
Selling Territory: WORLD EXCL. UK & COMMONWEALTH
Pub history: Random House hc