Ripped from the headlines and pulsing with suspense, Geza Tatrallyay's new novel is sexy, scary and artfully informative. If you read his novel "Arctic Meltdown," you know how prescient he was about the international power grabs now shaking the Arctic Circle. Like that book, "Twisted Reasons" provides a comparable thrill -- a plausible nightmare that leaps beyond a novel's pages. Plus did I say how hot the sex is? This author's first-hand research clearly has not been confined to the Cold War!
A moving true-life thriller -- combining suspense and feeling is quite a feat. And freedom is as much a character, and a well-drawn one at that, as the narrator. I'd heard that Canada was a destination for asylum-seekers from the Soviet orbit, just as Latin America had been for Jews of an earlier period. This memoir truly makes that journey come alive. Telling it from the pov of the 7-year old to whom it happened is an ingenious choice that makes this book especially readable, and memorable.