Rookie F.B.I. agent, Michelle Thompson is assigned to what appears to be a routine matter, but when she uncovers evidence from a crime of espionage committed more than twenty-five years ago she learns this case will be anything but routine. Her investigation will link the present day murder of a Polish national staying in a New York hotel to Cold War era espionage. Her investigation will lead her to a present day spy kwn as The Maestro and a mysterious figure who bares the same name as an Old World Polish poet who may be a terrorist. Who is the Maestro and who is this man with the poet's name? Is he a murderer or a hero? As her investigation proceeds Michelle Thompson must navigate a gauntlet of trained assassins while fighting interagency rivalries, jurisdictional disputes and a bureaucracy of her own superiors who doubt her competence. Her investigation will revive old spy vs. spy rivalries that will leave a trail of dead bodies, one of which could very well be her own.
R. Patrick Taggart served as a law enforcement professional for more than 35 years. He worked his way up through the ranks of the police department in Yonkers, New York. He saw service in uniformed patrol, special operations and in undercover assignments. He was assigned as the Chief of Detectives in New York State's fourth largest city and eventually retired as that city's police commissioner. He is a graduate of The F.B.I. National Academy and is widely recognized as an expert in general police operations, forensics, international crime and terrorism. He was a member of The New York State Counter Terrorism Zone 3 advisory board. In The Poet and The Maestro, Taggart draws upon elements of actual criminal cases to weave this complex story of an international intrigue. He introduces the readers to a former soviet spy known to authorities as the Maestro, a man who is attempting to locate and kill an extremely dangerous, self-appointed anticommunist soldier of fortune, The Poet. Until now these characters have been working secretly behind the scenes, with the tacit approval of their governments to carry on their own private continuation of the cold war. Their activities are part of a worldwide government cover up. In this riveting story a rookie F.B.I. agent, Michelle Thompson, will take interest in a routine murder investigation being conducted by The N.Y.P.D. Her investigation threatens to expose the entire conspiracy. Now some of the most dangerous people in the world will do what they must to stop her.