- Title: Putin’s Useful Idiot: A Romance of Cultures — The Intrigue of Spies
- Author: Kenyon Kane
- Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Romance
- Length: 383 pages
- Publication Date: May 3, 2020
Putin’s Useful Idiot – Synopsis
It’s Putin’s side of Moscow, but it’s 1984 when it was the Soviet Union, the USSR, the CCCP, before the Russian Federation, when the hammer and sickle on the red flag meant something sinister and threatening. Back then, Moscow was fresh to Americans, and alluring, our culture, their culture, a romance of cultures. Then it got personal, from new comrades to new lovers, each of them wounded in their own way by their past.
But Moscow back then was a dangerous city too. Powerful men were losing their livelihoods, and murder was a common business practice. And of course, the KGB still used the “hammer” therapy back then to get the information they wanted.
Putin’s Useful Idiot begins in November 1984. Richard Hart lands at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport on a hazardous duty project he didn’t want. He carries with him, a dossier he doesn’t have security clearance to open, a map of Moscow missing most of the street names, five ten-dollar bills (probably dyed with invisible ink) and an American Express card. Acting as an independent businessman, Hart must close a real estate transaction with the KGB, rig the transaction to produce enough “black money” to bribe KGB hard-liners to retire, and get out alive.
About the Author
Over his career, Kenyon Kane worked as an associate attorney for two US Cabinet Secretaries. For more than twenty years, Kenyon’s projects took him overseas, and his assignments focused on the most troubled areas of the world including the Soviet Union, Grenada, and Yugoslavia, among other hot-spots. He studied dramatic theory under the tutelage of Robert E. Lee, an award-winning playwright and screenwriter (Inherit the Wind). Most recently, Kenyon authored Putin’s Useful Idiot, a fictionalization of his project in Moscow in 1984 published by 3rd Coast Books and contracted to Kieth Barrows, Executive Producer at 360 Studios for motion picture production. His next literary piece, Blunt, publishes soon in Noir Nation, Issue #10, an international literary magazine available in softcover, print distribution and on Kindle. Currently Kenyon is working on Belfast Brothers, a sequel to Putin’s Useful Idiot, coming soon to 3rd Coast Books, and the prequel, NFL Eagles–Crime-ball.