New Nick Temple File Takes Shape

While I work on getting The Flemish Coil, Nick Temple File No. 4, published, the germ of an idea for No. 5 has started to form. I've settled on a location - the Bavarian Alps. My wife was TDY from Field Station Berlin to the U.S. Army Russian Institute (USARI) in Garmisch-Partenkirchen for the last six months of 1984. I made the trip to Garmisch several times (flight from Flughafen Tegel to Munich, bus from the airport to Munich's Hauptbahnhof, and then a train to Garmisch) during that fall. Garmisch will serve as the geographic center of the action. I also plan to include a number of other cities and towns in the general area, places such as Innsbruck, Salzburg, and Berchtesgaden.. I've settled on the outline of a plot. I'm going to have Sheridan Barracks in Garmisch, which became the home of USARI, formerly Field Detachment R, in May of 1964, serve as a central repository for all information regarding U.S. military and civilian espionage and counterespionage activities in Europe. This fictional repository is targeted by the Soviets when they learn of its existence in late 1964. I've started an outline and my research, which includes sifting through my own archives, photographs, and memories. The photograph below was taken in Garmisch in October of 1984, about 4 months before Kerry and I were married. Garmisch holds a special place in our hearts, and it will be a delight to write about it as ground zero for my next Nick Temple File.  

On the streets of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 1984.

On the streets of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 1984.