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Tom Gething received a B.A. in English literature from the University of Arizona in 1975. He spent a career in international business before pursuing fiction writing in earnest. His stories have appeared in The Soundings Review, The Barcelona Review, and other publications. Under a False Flag is his first novel. Though primarily based on historical research, it builds on his experience living, working and traveling in Latin America. Tom lives with his wife and a rambunctious Labrador retriever in the Seattle area.


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In August 1940, Leon Trotsky, one of the architects of Bolshevism and the Russian Revolution, was assassinated in Mexico City, where he lived in exile. It was the second attempt on his life in less than three months. The murderer, Ramón Mercader del Río, was a Spanish Communist whose orders came directly from JosephStalin.

Stalin had banished Trotsky from the Soviet Union in 1928, but Trotsky c...

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