Freemantle, Brian. Dead Men Living. Thomas Dunne Books. St. Martin’s. June 2000. c336p. ISBN: 0-312-24379-0. $24.00. Fiction.

Maverick British agent Charlie Muffin, hero of Freemantle’s popular series, is living in Moscow under difficult circumstances when he is asked to solve a case that appears impossible. The frozen corpses of two men dressed in World War II uniforms—one American, one British—and a woman who turns out to be Russian have been uncovered by a freak thaw in the far reaches of Siberia. Who were the Western agents, and what were they doing deep in forbidden territory? In an atmosphere of paranoia and deception reminiscent of the Cold War and with his own life at risk, Muffin must ferret out a conspiracy that all three countries—the United States, Britain, and Russia—still want to conceal 54 years after the end of the war. Fans of the “Charlie Muffin” series and readers who don’t mind the tendency of Freemantle to withhold information already deduced by Muffin will enjoy the piecing together of this intricate and intriguing puzzle. Recommended for all public libraries.

LJ, vol. 125, no. 9 (May 15, 2000), 123.

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