Book: Danube Stations by J.D. Mallinson
categories: Book, Cold War, Scotland Yard, River Cruise, Budapest, Ex-Nazis, Mystery Novel
J. D. Mallinson about this book: This novel is about a cruise on the Danube River, from Vienna to the Black Sea. Several passengers are carrying a book named 'Bannerman's Guide'. One of the copies contains blackmail evidence against a senior member of Britain's Secret Service, MI5. The plot develops in stages, whenever the boat docks at Budapest, Belgrade or Bucharest. Scotland Yard, the KGB and ex-Nazis are all competing to gain possession of the key copy, leading to a surprise ending in London and the unmasking of a spy-ring based at the US Embassy.
I was inspired by taking this voyage myself, during the Cold War era. Readers would be people who enjoy the more literary type of mystery, with a European background. I designed the cover to give an idea of the size of the boat and a river setting. The hardest part was conveying the atmosphere of East European cities. I would invite readers to enjoy a tale with lots of intrigue and local color.
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