Behind the Budapest Escape

By Bill Rapp

Bill Rapp is a former CIA Officer who began his professional life as an academic, teaching European History at Iowa State University. A graduate of Notre Dame, The University of Toronto and Vanderbilt, Rapp spent 35 years working for the U. S. Government. His books include the mystery novels Angel in Black, A Pale Rain, Burning Altars, Berlin Breakdown, Tears of Innocence, and The Hapsburg Variation.

Undercover readers might remember that we introduced you this past spring to Bill Rapp, a former CIA analyst turned author.  He’s an interesting character in his own right, with the look and charm of Sam Elliott.  In his new book, The Budapest Escape, Rapp brings back old characters and descriptions of a time well before cell phones and cyberattacks. 

In real life, Rapp began working in West Germany back when the country was still divided after World War II.  He also worked in Turkey and the Aegean, Canada, Iraq and London.  It all lends nicely to a series of books he has written around espionage in the WWII era and his main character, Karl Baier.

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