In The Salzburg Connection, Helen MacInnes returns to a theme she explored in her earlier bestseller The Double Image: Nazi activity in the Cold War era.
This time, Nazis are protecting records that they can use for blackmail purposes when the time is right.
Like her earlier book, Connection has an unlikely hero.
Lawyer Bill Mathison is in Salzburg on business for a client, a science book publisher.
Photographer Richard Bryant had written them about a book contract he’d signed and for which he had received an advance.
The publisher had never heard of Bryant, doesn’t publish art books, and the check for the advance was written on a New York bank account used for undercover activities against the U.S.
While Mathison is trying to sort things out, Bryant’s car is found crashed in the Austrian Alps with two bodies in it burned beyond recognition.
Bryant’s wife, brother-in-law, and a family friend all know bits of the story about why Bryant was in the Alps.
Mathison has to figure it out.
MacInnes writes cerebral espionage stories with minimal violence tastefully conveyed and the obligatory love interest handled discretely.
MacInnes has little to offer beyond the plot, but dishes up that bit superbly.
The Salzburg Connection by Helen MacInnes
406 p. Harcourt, Grace & World, 1968. 1968 bestseller #3. My grade: B+.
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