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TRIPTYCH


Every nation has its tragedies, and Hungary is no exception. The 1956 Hungarian Revolution tore the country apart and memories of the freedom fighters' martyrdom and chaos in the streets remain fresh to many. TRIPTYCH, Margit Liesche's third novel, is set against the backdrop of that terrible time, interwoven with the life of an American-born Hungarian daughter living in Chicago some 30 years later.

Ildiko Palmay is haunted by her mother's death under the wheels of an elevated train in Chicago. Suicide? Accident? Murder? Only a trip back to Hungary and an unraveling of her family's tales of the Revolution will reveal the truth.

TRIPTYCH is built on stories author Margit Liesche heard in the family home as a child and the terrifying whispers of her parents she overheard while the Revolution raged on. Deeply researched and drawn from in-depth current-day interviews with those who lived through those difficult times, TRIPTYCH is an historical mystery that deftly weaves the tale of a woman's search for redemption amid war, death, and burgeoning love.

1956 Budapest

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LIPSTICK AND LIES



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The idea for LIPSTICK AND LIES was born in the National Archives in Washington with my discovery of a Department of Justice letter from the Detroit FBI field office chief to the Director, Washington DC. The letter's contents referred to a 34 year old self-styled countess, trained as a spy in Berlin, who entered the U.S. in October 1941, posing as a professional lecturer. A line, deep into the text, identifying her as "a known espionage agent who is also working for us," gave me goose bumps. A countess-counteragent. I had found the spine of my plot!

The final chapters of the countess's life remain a mystery. Correspondence and news articles culled from my archives that bear on this point can be read by clicking the links below. I would enjoy hearing your speculations.

Discovery
Spy Trap
Cracking High Society
Counteragent
The Party's Over
Trial
Verdict
Hard Time
Deportation


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