The Star of India is based on the true-life romance of rising young actress Nancy Valentine (“the next Lana Turner”) and Cambridge-educated WW2 hero, the Maharaja of Cooch Behar.
After their fated meeting in postwar Hollywood, the dashing ruler sweeps Nancy back home during India’s tumultuous run-up to Independence. Amid the power struggles of every political, royal, and religious faction, Nancy is entangled in a whirlwind of intrigue, espionage, and attempted murder. The Maharaja, known as Bhaiya by family and friends, comes under great pressure from his elegant and formidable mother, Indira of Cooch Behar, who believes his marriage to a foreigner will weaken the family’s position with their people—and make them vulnerable to a government takeover.
Amid growing opposition to the couple’s union, the state’s fabled Mughal Ruby disappears, and an ancient prophecy will shadow them all.
When a secret shipment of Stinger missiles disappears in Peshawar, CIA officer Nick Daley becomes entangled in an unusual triangle with a San Francisco journalist and her former Berkeley lover, now an elusive Afghan leader with a price on his head. These characters lead us into a realm of intrigue, betrayal, and murder, where hidden agendas provide their own kind of veil until the truth is revealed in a shocking climax.
“A superbly crafted and highly recommended political thriller, Stinger… is a ripping good novel of page-turning suspense and plot-twisting intrigue.”
—James A. Cox, Midwest Book Review
Back in DC, Nick Daley is after a mole at the heart of the US defense establishment, and to get next to him, he enlists the help of the spy’s innocent young lover, Evelyn Walker, nicknamed E. Later, Nick’s boss pressures him to recruit E for other Company operations. After all, it’s a matter of national security, which justifies anything. Or does it?
“This is a fabulous book and a fast read. (It) will pique your interest from beginning to back page. Plots and twists are never-ending.”
—Deb Killarney, CoastViews Magazine