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"Noel Hynd knows the ins and outs of Washington's agencies, both public and private." - Publishers Weekly.
"A few notches above the Ludlums and Clancys of the world..." - Booklist.
"Intricate...Bloody good!" - NY Times Book Review.
Noel Hynd is an American author who has nearly eight million books in print or downloaded into e-readers. Most of his books have been in the action-espionage-suspense genre (Flowers From Berlin, Return to Berlin, Truman's Spy, Murder in Miami, Hostage in Havana, Conspiracy in Kiev, Midnight in Madrid, Countdown in Cairo, The Enemy Within) but others (Ghosts, The Prodigy, A Room For The Dead and Cemetery of Angels) were highly acclaimed ghost stories. All were Literary Guild selections. Sales in the horror/psychological terror genre have totaled more than a million copies. A Room For The Dead appeared on the USA TODAY Best Seller list. The original English language editions were published by the major New York houses, Doubleday, Dial, Bantam, Kensington, Pinnacle, HarperCollins and Tor, and by New English Library and W H Allen in London.
In the 1970's and 1980's Mr. Hynd was also a true crime writer for OFFICIAL DETECTIVE, MASTER DETECTIVE AND TRUE DETECTIVE. At the same time he was a stringer in New York City for a Scandinavian press service that published an influential crime magazine named KRIMINALJOURNALEN in Norway and Sweden. Over fifteen years for these two markets in the US and Europe, he contributed more than 500 published articles on all aspects of crime
The Kindle editions of Midnight in Madrid and Conspiracy in Kiev were simultaneously NUMBERS ONE and NUMBER TWO among all books on Amazon's Kindle Best Seller lists in December 2009. Both titles were also among the top selling Kindle books of the year, numbers 2 and 17, respectively.
Along with his wife, Patricia White, Mr. Hynd is also the co-founder of Red Cat Tales, LLC, an independent publishing imprint in Los Angeles. Red Cat Tales publishes genre fiction (including much of Mr. Hynd's back-list) and graphic novels in translation. The RCT list can be found at www.Red.Cat.Tales.com.
In 2017, Red Cat Tales LLC published ASHES FROM A BURNING CORPSE by Noel Hynd, his 24th published book. ASHES is a fact-based noir novel set in 1943 and based around the investigation by his late father, Alan Hynd, into the murder of Sir Harry Oakes in the Bahamas, a case that remains both notorious and officially unsolved. In 2021, RCT published THE SUMMER OF CHARLIE PONZI, the second in a series of three to six noir novels based on his late father's real life investigations. Included also will be an edition involving the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh's son. Alan Hynd (1903 - 1974) was a noted true crime author of the 1930's, 40's, 50's and 60s who wrote for the influential newspapers and magazines of the era. He was a noted worldwide authority on murderers, gangsters and confidence men. He wrote more than a dozen books, including two NY TIMES Best Sellers (Passport to Treason, Betrayal From The East) during World War Two.
Noel Hynd's newest spy thrillers are JUDGMENT IN BERLIN (2021), EISENHOWER'S SPY (2020) RETURN TO BERLIN (2019) and FIREBIRD published in October 2017. The former story revolved around the 1968 Presidential election in the United States as well as covert Soviet-American intrigue at the forefront.RETURN TO BERLIN and JUDGMENT IN BERLIN are sequels to Mr. Hynd's million-selling FLOWERS FROM BERLIN.
Mr. Hynd's most recent supernatural novel, TWENTY FLOWERS OF EVIL, was published in March of 2019. It is a ghost story set in Paris of the 1920's, revolving around a young female artist who comes under spiritual the influence of the dark innovative poet, Charles Baudelaire, who by the 1920's had been dead for half a century.
Noel Hynd is also a former contributor to Sports Illustrated and several other national magazines. His 1988 non-fiction book, The Giants of The Polo Grounds, was an Editor's Choice of The New York TIMES Review of Books in 1988. The book was also a nominee for Best Book of The Year by Spitball Magazine. In 2019, he also published "The Last Game At Ebbets Field," a collection of non-fiction baseball stories. The book was awarded SABR's Ron Gabriel Award for the best new book of the year on the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Mr. Hynd has also written several produced screenplays, including AGENCY a crime/espionage drama starring Robert Mitchum and ILLEGAL IN BLUE, a noir police thriller, starring Stacy Dash.
Mr. Hynd was born in New York City. He studied in the United States and Switzerland. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and lives in southern California between Los Angeles and San Diego with his wife Patricia.
Other recent projects also include translations and adaptations (from French and Spanish) of several best selling comics and graphic novels from distinguished authors and illustrators in from Europe and South America. Included are 'Djinn' by Jean Dufaux (Belgium) and Ana Miralles (Spain). Under contract with Les Editions Dargaud, Paris, Mr. Hynd translated the entire 13-volume series 'Djinn' into English from French. He also wrote an English language novelization of the first four volumes of the series. Publishing arrangements are in progress.
Several dozen foreign editions of his books have been published over the years. Readers are welcomed to reach Mr. Hynd at NH1212f@yahoo.com.
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It is early 1943 and the United States has been at war for more than a year. William Cochrane, an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who was the central character in 'Flowers From Berlin', has enlisted in the United States Army. He has the commission of a major and is at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, training for combat. Suddenly his military orders are countermanded by Washington. He is ordered to report immediately to General William Donovan the Office of Strategic Services in New York City.
At OSS headquarters Cochrane, recently married, receives an assignment more perilous than combat. He is recruited into the fledgling wartime spy agency and assigned to travel to Europe. He is to make his way to Switzerland to meet with Alan Dulles, the Director of the OSS in Switzerland. There, if Cochrane is lucky enough to arrive, he will receive the second part of his orders: an espionage assignment. Under an assumed identity, Cochrane will make a heart-pounding return visit to Berlin, where he lived for a while in the 1930s. There is an assignment vital to the battle against Nazi Germany that only he, with his prior knowledge of people and places in Germany, can complete if he eludes capture by the ever-vigilant Gestapo. Or, with the odds heavily against his success in this assignment, will the assignment cost him his life?
Rich in accurate historical detail, heavily evocative of the terrifying era, 'Return To Berlin' is a fast-moving action-packed thriller that will be one of the top American spy novels of Fall 2019.
"Noel Hynd is a few notches above the Ludlums and Clancys of the world." - Booklist
Raves for 'Flowers From Berlin' :
"This espionage thriller follows FBI agent William Cochrane's efforts to stop a Nazi spy from assassinating FDR. Toss in a love affair with a British Secret Service operative and you have the makings of a page-turner. Complex in characterization, crisp in dialogue, and thorough in its background" - Library Journal
"First rate!" - The Cleveland Plain-Dealer
"A Chiller!" - Los Angeles Times
"A Super spy novel!" The Savannah News-Presse
“(Hynd is)…a few notches above the Ludlums and Clancys of the world." - Booklist.
'Eisenhower’s Spy' is Noel Hynd’s tough hard-hitting sequel to 'Truman’s Spy'. It is a major new work of action and espionage from the author of 'Flowers From Berlin' and 'Return to Berlin.'
It is late in the second term of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Ike personally enlists F.B.I. Special Agent Thomas Buchanan (the central character of Hynd’s 'Truman’s Spy') for a top secret assignment independent of the FBI and CIA.
To some, America of the 1950’s was a bright, optimistic and prosperous place. But in 'Eisenhower’s Spy' a deeper reality smolders beneath the surface. The decade had begun with two wars: a bloody conflict in Korea that stalemated in 1953 and a global cold war that would intensify through the decade.
Berlin, Madrid and Havana were flash points of conflict and potential sparks for another world war. Revolutionary ferment was as close as ninety miles south of Florida as Fidel Castro’s revolutionary army crept increasingly closer to mobbed-up Havana.
'Eisenhower’s Spy' is a spy story that buzzes with the energy of numerous intrigues, love affairs, memorable characters, remorseless criminality and quirks of fate set across a dark set of years in the middle of the Twentieth Century. 'Eisenhower’s Spy' will underscore the critics’ lofty assessment of Noel Hynd’s unique way with a tough hard-hitting spy novel: a full cast of memorable people, romance, uncompromising historical accuracy and heart pounding suspense.
The millions of readers of Noel Hynd’s previous novels will not be disappointed.
RAVE REVIEWS FOR THE ESPIONAGE NOVELS OF NOEL HYND:
“A Chiller!” – Los Angeles Times on 'Flowers From Berlin.'
“A Super Spy Novel!” – The Savannah News Presse on 'Flowers From Berlin'
“A high octane thriller!” – Booklist on 'The Enemy Within'
"The novels of Noel Hynd stand out!" - Martin Levin, NY Times
It is early 1950, the midpoint of the Twentieth Century.
Joe McCarthy is cranking up his demagoguery and Joseph Stalin had intensified the cold war. In Washington, J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI is fighting a turf war with the newly founded Central Intelligence Agency. Harry Truman is in the White House, trying to keep a lid on domestic and foreign politics, but the crises never stop. It should be a time of peace and prosperity in America, but it is anything but.
FBI agent Thomas Buchanan is assigned to investigate the father of a former fiancée, Ann Garrett, who dumped Buchanan while he was away to World War Two. And suddenly Buchanan finds himself on a worldwide search for both an active Soviet spy and the only woman he ever loved. In the process, he crosses paths with Hoover, Truman, Soviet moles and assassins, an opium kingpin from China, and a brigade of lowlife from the American film community.
Truman’s Spy is a classic cold war story of espionage and betrayal, love and regret, patriots and traitors. This is the revised and updated 2013 edition of Noel Hynd’s follow-up to Flowers From Berlin. The story is big, a sprawling intricate tale of espionage, from post-war Rome and Moscow to New York, Philadelphia and Hollywood, filled with the characters, mores and attitudes of the day. And at its heart: the most crucial military secret of the decade.
"Noel Hynd knows the ins and outs of Washington's agencies, public and private." -
"A notch above the Ludums and Clancys of the world....." - Booklist
"The novels of Noel Hynd stand out!" - Martin Levin, NY Times
A tough hard spy story, tough, hard-hitting, based on cold war history, actual events and real spies. A gritty in-your-face espionage thriller...
"Noel Hynd knows the ins and outs of Washington's institutions, public and private." Publishers Weekly (on 'The Enemy Within")
From the author of FLOWERS FROM BERLIN, CONSPIRACY IN KIEV and two dozen other best selling thrillers, comes a newly revised 'endgame' spy story, based on the events of 1983 that were all too real.
It is 1983, the freezing point of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. Behind the headlines, unknown to most private citizens, the two super powers bumble toward nuclear confrontation....and in the back streets and back alleys of world capitals, spies and recalled spies fight for a part of a missile guidance system that could tip the balance during nuclear confrontation. And at the center is a woman with a terrible secret.
Noel Hynd takes you on a journey into the world of espionage in both the 1960's and 1980s. Based on fascinating real life detail, some of it autobiographical, the story teams with real life characters from Andropov to Profumo and spawls across CIA stations in London and Paris as well as Parisian night spots and journalistic/spy haunts such as Harry's New York Bar in Paris. The times were deadly, but riveting, the mood intoxicating but frightening.
For spy fans, this is a trip into the real world. You will never feel the same about the year 1983.
"The novels of Noel Hynd stand out like emeralds." - NY Times Book Review.
"A few notches above the Ludlums and Clancys of the world - Booklist
"(False Flags is)...readable and highly complex....written with intelligence and style....a REAL PAGE TURNER. - Publishers Weekly.
A thrilling compilation of three complete novels from bestselling author Noel Hynd's Russian Trilogy.
Conspiracy in Kiev
A shrewd investigator and an expert marksman, Special Agent Alexandra LaDuca can handle any case the FBI gives her. Or can she? While on loan from the US Department of the Treasury, Alex is tapped to accompany a Secret Service team during an American Presidential visit to Ukraine. Her assignment: to keep personal watch over Yuri Federov, the most charming and most notorious gangster in the region.
Midnight in Madrid
When a mysterious relic is stolen from a Madrid museum, people are dying to discover its secrets. Literally. US Treasury agent Alexandra LaDuca returns to track down the stolen artwork, a small carving called The Pietà of Malta. It seems to be a simple assignment, but nothing about this job is simple, as the mysteries and legends surrounding the relic become increasingly complex with claims of supernatural power.
Countdown in Cairo
Federal agent Alexandra LaDuca travels to Egypt to investigate the possible sighting of a former mentor, a CIA agent whom everyone thought was dead. She is thrown into the deadliest game of double cross of her career as the events that began in Kiev and continued in Madrid find their culmination in the volatile Middle East. Her assignment is to locate a man she once knew. But to find the answers, Alex needs to move quickly into the underworld of the Egyptian capital, a nether society of crooks, killers, spies, and Islamic fundamentalists.
"A notch above the Ludlums and Clancys of the world...." Booklist
"Noel Hynd knows the ins and outs of Washington's agencies both public and private." Publishers Weekly
By the author of "The Russian," and "Murder in Miami." A classic story of a manhunt, an international thriller!
US AIr Force Lt. Richard Silva's hell on earth begins in the fall of 1970 when his plane is shot down over North Vietnam. Silva is captured and taken to a POW camp where he is turned over to a shadowy interrogator who specializes in the systematic torture of American prisoners. Miraculously, Silva survives and returns to the US.
He finds an America that is profoundly different from the country he left. But America isn't the only thing that has changed. Silva's mind has been horribly altered. For him there is only one way out: Find the man who tortured him. Find him and kill him. With only a few clues to his enemy's true identity, Silva embarks on a manhunt.
Silva quickly penetrates a shadowy underworld of politicians, criminals and intelligence agents in New York, Washington andultimately in Paris. In France, he further burrows into a nether world of professional killers, political extremists, cops and assassins. Along the way, he finds romance with a beautiful young artist and rediscovers his own humanity, all the while drawing closer to the man he must murder in order to redeem his own soul.
This is a 2018 revised version of a novel originally published under the title "REVENGE" to rave reviews by Dial/Doubleday.
"A Tense Bloody trail to a grim climax!" - Liverpool Daily Post
"'Revenge is....an Intricate spine chiller....Bloody good!" - NY Times
"Ingenious and fast paced without a wasted word." - Chicago Tribune
"A Powerful Book!" - The Scotsman
"Entertaining and absorbing!" - Birmingham Evening Mail
Ponzi pursed his lips and looked off into space. Here, he decided, was something worthy of serious investigation. So began a unique story in the history of American crime, and so begins ‘The Summer of Charlie Ponzi,’ the newest novel by espionage and crime author Noel Hynd. ‘The Summer of Charlie Ponzi’ is based on the true story of the involvement and reporting of his father, Alan Hynd, in the infamous Ponzi case in 1919 and 1920.
Boston in the years after World War One was a bustling, booming metropolis, the fifth-largest city in the United States. The Roaring Twenties were underway. Immigrants from all over the world poured into Prohibition-era Boston. So did young, first-generation American men and women anxious to seek their fortune. America, and Boston in particular, was a wide-open place, filled with crime, jazz, flappers, a new easy morality, and speakeasies. There were two great baseball clubs – the Braves and the Red Sox – and six daily newspapers.
Newspapers were everywhere. There were newsstands at North Station, in front of Symphony Hall, in front of Filene’s, and in the streets of Charlestown, Southie and Dorchester. On the rare blocks with no newsstand, the hoarse, aggressive chant of newsboys filled the air.
The Boston Post stood out among the daily papers. It was the fourth-leading morning newspaper in the country in circulation. There were many reasons The Post stood out, but one was city editor Eddie Dunn, the best newspaperman in Boston during the hard-drinking, two-fisted era of the 1920s. Eddie Dunn understood news, how to find it, get it, and sell it.
By the end of 1919, Charlie Ponzi had hatched out his scheme: he would build his fortune on postal reply coupons and beat the banks in the money lending game. While banks were paying five percent per year, Ponzi promised investors fifty percent interest in forty-five days. He soon had people lining up at his office on School Street, practically throwing money at him. By April of 1920, Charlie Ponzi was taking in a $250,000 every day in cash as his pyramid scheme swept the city.
The offices of The Boston Post were also on School Street. Inevitably, The Post and Ponzi took notice and measure of each other. In the summer of 1920, their worlds collided. When the Ponzi swindle became the biggest local story of the year, even bigger than Sacco and Vanzetti, Eddie Dunn threw every spare reporter onto the story. By this time, Alan Hynd, still in his late teens, had cadged a job as a street reporter for The Post. He had only a few weeks of experience, but Dunn assigned him to his team of top reporters covering the case.
'The Summer of Charlie Ponzi' is the story of a young man covering the most brazen financial crime of the twentieth century. This hard-edged Jazz-Age tale is full of fascinating women and men drawn from the newsrooms, tenements, speakeasies, high social circles, financial boardrooms, streets, and sidewalks of Boston of the 1920s. Told in the young reporter’s sly acerbic voice, the tale is at times brash and hilarious, at times heartbreaking, frequently astonishing, and always riveting.
When a mysterious relic is stolen from a Madrid museum, people are dying to discover its secrets. Literally. U.S. Treasury agent Alexandra LaDuca returns from Conspiracy in Kiev to track down the stolen artwork, a small carving called The Pietà of Malta. It seems to be a simple assignment, but nothing about this job is simple, as the mysteries and legends surrounding the relic become increasingly complex with claims of supernatural power. As aggressive, relentless, and stubborn as ever, Alex crisscrosses Europe through a web of intrigue, danger, and betrayal, joined by a polished, mysterious new partner. With echoes of classic detective and suspense fiction from The Maltese Falcon to The Da Vinci Code, Midnight in Madrid takes the reader on a nonstop spellbinding chase through a modern world of terrorists, art thieves, and cold-blooded killers.
Fifty years ago, Jade served the Black Sultan as part of the Imperial Harem, but Jade was no ordinary harem girl—she was the sultan’s favorite. Rumored to be a djinn from the Ottoman Empire, she had the power to manipulate men’s hearts, subtly alter their convictions, and even affect the course of an entire war. The legends also say that Jade, and Jade alone, knew where the Black Sultan hid his treasure . . . a treasure that no one has ever managed to unearth.
Now, fifty years later, Kim Nelson is reliving the life of her ancestor Jade in modern Istanbul, hoping to find answers that have been lost to history. It will be a long journey, a journey that will change her life forever.
Contains Djinn 1 and Djinn 2