R.K. Price, Author of Fine Historical Novels

 Love, Spies and Cyanide -- Galya's Story

From the Author...

...Love, Spies and Cyanide -- Galya's Story is taking shape quite nicely.  I am happy with the results so far.  Her story, again a tapestry of hard facts and pure fiction, is being told with special care.  Each time I warm up the computer I strive to execute on structure, pacing, sequence, style, dialogue formation and timelines all with fewer more poignant words.

...Fictional Captain of Dectectives Victor Bravo, friend of Johnny and supercop from I've Already Met the Devil is back, leading the investigation into Galya's death, not believing for a moment she committed suicide from months of massive doses of self inflicted cyanide.  But the coroner does.  Why?  Others high up in protecting Victor's beloved country are also desperate to convince him he's wrong.  Why?  Meanwhile the search for Galya's Svengali lover, Dr. Thomas Riha, radical socialist, Soviet loving history professor goes on despite Victor's belief that he's already dead.  Is Galya's death tied to Riha's disappearance?  Did someone kill them both?  Even today, and this is a fact, no one knows, or probably closer to the truth, no one is saying.

...The mystery of Thomas Riha and Galya Tannenbaum will not die.  Since I broke the story detailing Galya's death on March 9, 1971 with an exclusive front page banner headline in the Pueblo Chieftain hundreds of articles have been written, Congressional hearings held, CIA and FBI officials questioned.  Despite it all the case has been buried deep into Colorado soil.  But not in Colorado's consciousness.  It haunts even the most ardent skeptic.  It's a tantalizing tale full of shahowy spies, gifted forgers, love triangles, greed and graft that to this day makes James Bond novels read like grade school primers.

...Galya is a work of fiction with its foundation built on fact.  It will be completed in the weeks ahead.  You will love it.  I love writing it.

Every time Police Captain Victor Bravo drives through the crumbling red-brick archway precariously spanning the iron gate entrance to his city’s sanctuary for the insane, he likens it to finding a graveyard on a cold, blustery Halloween night.  Since May of this year, there had been seventeen confirmed suicides at The Colorado Asylum.  If this death proved to be so, it would be eighteen in seven months.  “Evenin’, Captain,” offered Corporal Harvey, “She’s up on the second floor, cell 218, on your left.  Awfully good lookin’.  Down right shame.  Alive just a few hours ago."  Victor pushed past the lonely guard in disgust and stepped into Galya’s chamber of death.  He knew quickly this was not number eighteen.

- From the Novel

A Saga of Love, Spies and Cyanide -- Galya's Story is underway for publication in late 2012 early 2013.

Colorado State Hospital
Courtesy of Denver Public Library

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