R.K. Price, Author of Fine Historical Novels

 Love, Spies and Cyanide -- Galya's Story

From the Author...Exciting News

...Love, Spies and Cyanide -- Galya's Story was released in late 2015 to rave reviews and a wave of publicity stretching across the country.  In 2016 the book was optioned to a major Hollywood producer and is currently being considered as a feature motion picture or network series.  Galya's story, a tapestry of hard facts and pure fiction, was told with special care. Since its release volumes of additional facts about the case have come to light which have prompted me to begin a sequel which will likely be entitled Plausible Denial.  Stay tuned....

...Fictional Captain of Detectives 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 historical fiction with its foundation built on fact. Plausible Denial will move readers much closer to, if not present hard facts surrounding her life before her fateful meeting with Thomas Riha and subsequent to her death.  We will examine testimony of eye witnesses, police reports, Congressional records, and how this case erupted on the national scene to become a cause celebre for two leading Presidential candidates, and create a national scandal when the CIA and FBI refused to reveal their files.    


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

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