Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Matchmaker by Paul Vidich. Thank you to Random Things Tours for my spot on the tour. Let me know what you think in the comments.
Berlin, 1989. Anne Simpson, an American who works as a translator at the Joint Operations Refugee Committee, thinks she is in a normal marriage with a charming East German. But then her husband disappears and the CIA and Western German intelligence arrive at her door. Nothing about her marriage is as it seems.
Anne had been targeted by the Matchmaker – a high level East German counterintelligence officer – who runs a network of Stasi agents. These agents are his ‘Romeos’ who marry vulnerable women in West Berlin to provide them with cover as they report back to the Matchmaker. Anne has been married to a spy, and now he has disappeared, and is presumably dead.
The CIA are desperate to find the Matchmaker because of his close ties to the KGB. They believe he can establish the truth about a high-ranking
Soviet defector. They need Anne because she’s the only person who has seen his face – from a photograph that her husband mistakenly left out in
his office – and she is the CIA’s best chance to identify him before the Matchmaker escapes to Moscow.
Time is running out as the Berlin Wall falls and chaos engulfs East Germany. But what if Anne’s
husband is not dead? And what if Anne has her own motives for finding the Matchmaker to deliver
a different type of justice?
The Matchmaker by Paul Vidich is an elegantly plotted and richly atmospheric spy thriller. It kept me hooked from beginning to end because the writing is just so great. I will be keeping this author on my list to keep an eye out for because this was just excellent.
This is so descriptive. I feel like I was transported into this novel and I felt as though I was part of the story. Set in the days of the Cold War, I loved how authentic this felt. It is very clear, great research was done to craft this novel and I respect that.
This is a very thrilling plot that had me flipping the pages. I’m so impressed with this book, how could I give it any less than five stars? I highly recommend giving this a read!!
Thank you to Random Things Tours for the free review copy. All opinions are my own and unbiased.
Paul Vidich has had a distinguished career in music and media. Most recently, he served as Special Advisor to AOL and was Executive Vice President at the Warner Music Group, in charge of technology and global strategy. He serves on the Board of Directors of Poets & Writers and The New School for Social Research. A founder and publisher of the Storyville App, Vidich is also an award-winning author of short fiction. His novels, An Honorable Man, The Good Assassin and The Coldest Warrior, are available from No Exit Press.
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