This novel is a carefully woven escapade that brings together the elite Russian spy squad of Mr. Zavert, Boris Gila, Alexei Aleksandra and Ivan Viznapu as they start on a dangerous mission that brings them into contact with the gangsters Mickey Cohen and Johnny Stompanato, the billionaire Howard Hughes, the producer/director Dick Powell, the actress Susan Hayward, countless others, and of course the big man himself - John Wayne.
“I had to do a lot of research. Much more than I was used to doing,” Moffie said during a recent interview. “It also helped that along the way I met two people still alive who were in the movie 'The Conqueror'. Jack N. Young was a stuntman on the set and Sylvia Lewis was a dancer on the RKO set where the red sand was trucked from southern Utah.” Sam Moffie has certainly achieved his goal of character development in his novel. “I wanted to convey a message to the readers that more often than not - the people of a country are oppressed by leadership that will crush them like a bug, but that those very leaders are not worth the people's spit when it comes to character,” he told the interviewer.
Moffie’s sheer enjoyment in his writing takes note in his book, as he said regarding his favorite episode, “My favorite is when Boris Gila informs Ivan and Alexei about how young Ivan saved young Boris from starvation. It sets up Boris' journey to become an efficient man in all he does with great compassion (the toilet paper giving scene in Moscow to the old lady in line (another favorite)).”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sam Moffie has written five novels. His first four won numerous awards and received good reviews. In a couple of weeks, his fifth book, "To Kill the Duke," will be released. Glad I Thought of It Productions, founded by film producer Archie Gips, has already optioned the book for a movie. When not writing, he can be found observing human behavior at his two bars, and enjoying the company of his muse and wife, Juliette, some fine wine and great books.
Title: To Kill the Duke
Author: Sam Moffie
Pages: 362, Paperback/Kindle/
Genre: Historical Fiction