Stuck In Istanbul? Going To Germany? Need A Fake Syrian Passport? No Problem

Passports are big business in Istanbul.  Thanks to Vlad Tepes for this gem.

The late Elliot West’s first published novel, Man Running, told the story of a passport loaned to a former German Wermacht Officer, who has it altered and doesn’t return it to its owner.  Of course, in post WWII Europe forged passports were pretty valuable commodities, especially for fugitive German Officers.  They still are, especially if you’re a Muslim eager to disguise yourself as a Syrian refugee on his way to partake of the largesse of Angela Merkel’s Germany – oh, yes, and Islamize Europe.

Here’s part of the text of my review of Elliot West’s thriller.  And it is a thriller:

Ben Dana is living in post World War II Spain. He’s had a pretty interesting life. He’s a freelance writer, a news reporter of sorts, a journalist. He used to teach his craft part time at a New York university. He fought in the Spanish Civil War.

But, Ben has a few rather large problems. He’s divorced, having found his wife in bed with a man named Mitchell, who was once Dana’s friend and colleague. He’s down and out financially. He’s having a very tough time finding a job. With his funds running down to nearly zero, life isn’t looking too promising. At the moment he can’t even find a cheap hotel room.

Then he meets Igor Steck, a former Wermacht general who fled across the border from France to Spain at the end of the War. Sensing Dana’s vulnerability, Steck befriends him and arranges for a hotel room.

Igor Steck has a couple of big problems, too. Yes, he has a stunningly beautiful lady named Soledad. But by virtue of being a fugitive German military commander, he is trapped in Madrid. He needs a passport to travel to Paris, where he intends to recover a stash of precious gems he buried as the German Army retreated from France. He believes it’s the only way he’ll be able to hang onto Soledad, who’s growing very restless in their relationship.

So, Steck offers the destitute, desperate Ben Dana a proposition. In exchange for the use of Dana’s passport, he’ll split the cash that will be generated by the sale of the jewels. Dana agrees, on the condition that he gets to hold onto Soledad’s passport as insurance that Steck will return to Madrid. After all, a man in post-WWII Europe without a passport was as good as dead, figuratively speaking.

The deal is struck and Steck takes off for Paris with Dana’s passport. But he doesn’t come back. Thrown together by the circumstances, Dana and Soledad become passionate lovers without a future. Dana, sans passport, will never be able to move about freely. He’ll have to live in perpetual hiding. Discovery by the Spanish authorities will mean arrest and eventual deportation.

So, Dana decides to go to Paris to hunt down the former general and reclaim his identity. It’s a perilous, intriguing adventure, with the danger of capture and prison ever present. Without a passport, he’s fair game to be arrested if he’s caught sneaking across the border, or asked to identify himself anywhere. The plot becomes more and more intense as Ben Dana runs, both from the police and in his pursuit of Igor Steck.

About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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