Book: The File On John Ormond by J. D. Mallinson
categories: Book, Scotland Yard, KGB, Dissident Literature, Finland, Soviet Union, Sauna, Nordic Skiing, Theatre, Estonia, Leningrad, Reindeer Steak, Mystery
J. D. Mallinson about this book: This novel is about an English translator who goes missing from Finland
while translating dissident Russian literature. The KGB, determined to prevent publication of the memoirs of a prominent Russian author critical of the regime, come up against Inspector George Mason of Scotland Yard, who has arrived in Finland to assist Major Viljo Forsenius of the Helsinki Police. The novel unfolds against the authentic background of the Finnish winter, evoked from the two years I spent teaching English there. Finnish life and customs are accurately portrayed, as is the tense, uneasy relationship between Soviet Russia and neighboring Finland before the collapse of Communism. The book cover shows a view of Helsinki South Harbor fronted by Police HQ. Will Mason discover the whereabouts of the translator, John Ormond, and rescue the manuscript from the clutches of the KGB? The plot evolves through diplomatic and theatrical circles in Helsinki, where a Russian troupe with possible links to the KGB is currenty on tour.
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