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    Michael Beres

ISBN: 9781933836294

Chernobyl Murders

by: Michael Beres

1985, a year before the Chernobyl disaster. Hidden away in a wine cellar in the western Ukraine, Chernobyl engineer Mihaly Horvath, brother of a Kiev Militia detective Lazlo Horvath, reveals details of unnecessary risks being taken at the Chernobyl plant. Concerned for his brother and family, Lazlo investigates—irritating superiors, drawing the attention of a CIA operative, raising the hackles of an old school KGB major, and discovering his brother’s secret affair with Juli Popovics, a Chernobyl technician.

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Michael Beres The Cold War, Eastern European roots, and environmental concerns shape Michael’s novels. With degrees in computer science, math, and literature, he initially worked for the Atomic Energy Commission analyzing classified atmospheric data and later wrote software documentation. He is a Chicago native living in west Michigan.

Michael’s novels include SunstrikeGrand TraverseFinal Stroke, and The President’s Nemesis. His 2008 novel, Chernobyl Murders, begins the Lazlo Horvath Thriller series. “Chernobyl Murders is a page-turner of the highest order” ~ The Chicago Tribune

Jeffery Deaver said Traffyck, Michael’s second Lazlo Horvath Thriller, “offers up a glimpse of life in a ruthless but little-known underworld, in which specters from the past—among them Chernobyl—arise at every turn.”

Michael is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, International Association of Crime Writers, Union of Concerned Scientists, and many other organizations. He has published over fifty short stories, some of them in Amazing StoriesAmazon Shorts, the American Fiction collection, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery MagazineThe Chicago Daily NewsCosmopolitanEllery QueenMichigan Quarterly ReviewThe Missouri ReviewNew York StoriesPlayboy, and Twilight Zone. Many stories and two novels have been translated and reprinted in foreign editions.

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1985, a year before the Chernobyl disaster. Hidden away in a wine cellar in the western Ukraine, Chernobyl engineer Mihaly Horvath, brother of a Kiev Militia detective Lazlo Horvath, reveals details of unnecessary risks being taken at the Chernobyl plant. Concerned for his brother and family, Lazlo investigates—irritating superiors, drawing the attention of a CIA operative, raising the hackles of an old school KGB major, and discovering his brother’s secret affair with Juli Popovics, a Chernobyl technician.

When the Chernobyl plant explodes scores of lives are changed forever. As Lazlo questions his brother’s death in the blast, Juli arrives in Kiev to tell the detective she carries his brother’s child. If their lives aren’t complicated enough, KGB major Grigor Komarov enters the fray, reawakening a hard-line past to manipulate deadly resources.

Now the Ukraine is not only blanketed with deadly radiation, but becomes a killing ground involving pre-perestroika factions in disarray, a Soviet government on its last legs, and madmen hungry for power as they eye Gorbachev’s changes.

With a poisoned environment at their backs and a killer snapping at their heels, Lazlo and Juli flee for their lives—and their love—toward the Western frontier.

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ISBN: 9781933836294
Publisher: Medallion Press Inc.
Publish Date: 2008
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“Do not be fooled. This is no ordinary murder mystery. Rich with characters, beautifully written, and fascinating with insider details, Chernobyl Murders by Michael Beres is an unforgettable journey into one of the Cold War’s most explosive episodes. From Kiev to Chicago, Pripyat to Vienna, you’ll feel the pulse-pounding threat of discovery and the white-hot heat of chase in this outstanding thriller. Beres serves up a feast of a story.” ~ Gayle Lynds, New York Times Best-Selling Author of The Last Spymaster

“Chernobyl Murders is a page-turner of the highest order: from the compelling characterization to the vividly described landscape of a devastated Ukraine to the stunning cover art, Beres has penned himself a winner.” ~ Paul Goat Allen, Chicago Tribune (September 13, 2008)

“Whenever I spend time in Chernobyl, I see ghosts. I wonder about those who once inhabited this abandoned land. In his thriller, Michael Beres unearths some of these ghosts. He tells a compelling tale of a police detective and a nuclear researcher whose fates are thrown together by the Chernobyl catastrophe. I must confess, I’m no fan of detective thrillers. But Chernobyl Murders kept me up night after night, turning pages when I should have been turning out the light.” ~ Michael Forester Rothbart, Documentary Photographer of After The Nukes