Robert L. Tecklenburg was a counselor and administrator for the US Government’s Department of Veterans Affairs and amateur historian before finding his true vocation as a writer. Tecklenburg, an Iowan before traveling east, currently resides in Virginia with his wife Rebecca. He is also the author of Chasing Pancho Villa and Ghosts of War.
Captain Charlie Stanek's leaving the military, but General Donovan of the OSS sends him to Saigon to investigate the death of an officer holding thousands of dollars worth of uncut diamonds. A Japanese police officer and a beautiful Vietnamese nationalist help Charlie learn the assignment isn't that simple. A detour and torture in a Hanoi prison makes him doubt he'll ever get back home alive.
At the height of the Cold War and one of the coldest Iowa winters on record, Police Chief and Korean War vet Jimmy Novotny deals with personal demons while investigating a farmer's apparent suicide. But when more bodies and rumors of Soviet spies turn up, it's clear there's a murderer loose in the rural community. A redheaded reporter shows up to complicate things, and Jimmy has his hands full.