The Miernik Dossier
|Followed by||The Tears of Autumn|
The Miernik Dossier (1973) is American author Charles McCarry's first novel. It introduces the character of American spy Paul Christopher, who would become a recurring character in many of McCarry's novels.
The novel is presented as a dossier compiled by an intelligence organization as an example of a "typical operation". Each chapter consists of a different form of recorded communication, such as agents' reports, personal testimony given to intelligence officers, transcripts of telephone conversations, written letters, personal diary entries, etc., creating a Citizen Kane type narrative where each character reveals different events and different perspectives of the same events.
The novel chiefly concerns several expatriates living in Geneva in 1959: American agent Paul Christopher, British agent Nigel Collins, Sudanese prince Kalash el Khatar, Hungarian concentration camp survivor Ilona Bentley, Polish UN official Tadeusz Miernik, as well as Miernik's sister Zofia, a Warsaw University student. When Miernik is reluctant to return to his native Poland despite orders to do so, Christopher suspects that Miernik may actually be a Communist spy working for the Soviets. Christopher is instructed to determine whether this is the case while he, Miernik, Collins, el Khatar, Bentley, and Zofia journey to Sudan to deliver a gift to el Khatar's powerful father, trying to avoid crossing paths with a rising Sudanese terrorist organization known as the Anointed Liberation Front (ALF) along the way.
The Miernik Dossier, Signet, 1973