Bill Rapp recently retired from the Central Intelligence Agency after thirty-five years as an analyst, diplomat, and senior manager. After receiving his BA from the University of Notre Dame, an MA from the University of Toronto, and a PhD from Vanderbilt University, Bill taught European History at Iowa State University for a year before heading off to Washington, D.C. The Hapsburg Variation is the second book in the Cold War Spy series featuring Karl Baier. Bill also has a three-book series of detective fiction set outside Chicago with P.I. Bill Habermann, and a thriller set during the fall of the Berlin Wall. He lives in northern Virginia with his wife, two daughters, two miniature schnauzers, and a cat.
In 1945 Berlin, a young American intelligence officer finds himself occupying the house of a German with the same name. Seeking to learn more about his German double, the American is captivated by his wife, who draws him into a web of deceit and danger with tales of treasure and promises of love.
Karl Baier is the CIA’s deputy chief of station in Vienna, 1955. As the Allies are about to return Austria’s independence, the body of an old Austrian aristocrat surfaces. Baier is asked to investigate. Then his wife is kidnapped, and he suspects a connection. Who killed Herr von Rudenstein, and will solving the mystery help Baier rescue Sabine?