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Dear Martha Grenzeback and Mark Sorensen: In my “senior” years (I just turned 92) I intend to reread a number of books I read years ago.

Dear Martha Grenzeback and Mark Sorensen: In my “senior” years (I just turned 92) I intend to reread a number of books I read years ago. One book I would love to find and reread is a spy thriller set in Norway in the years following World War II. I cannot find the book and do not remember the author or title. I do remember the story line and have attempted to provide the details I recall in the notes attached to this message. I have attempted to search libraries, book stores and the internet with no success. I recently read an article in the Omaha World Herald that indicated that you hate to leave a book mystery unsolved and might be able to help me. I will be truly grateful if you can find my missing book! Thank you in advance. Sincerely, Frank Lawson Fllawson1@cox.net
Seeking author and title of a book read in the 1960’s

What I remember about the book:

· Spy/thriller/romance set in Norway shortly after World War II
· Author was a young woman who served in the intelligence service-command liaison in Europe. She wrote the book as a lark. She may have written one more novel.
· Story begins – a blizzard in the far north of Norway. Two young men on skis fleeing Germans in the south – trying to escape to Russia over the top. One, the traitor, later returns to Norway as a Russian/Communist spy.
· The hero, a young Norweigan ski patrol “official” and friend, aids traitor in escape to Russia – a tent for shelter.
· Heroine, name may have been Ragna, initially married to hero’s buddy. Somewhere buddy is killed by the spy (while still undetected). Ragna shacks up with spy. She is still “close” to hero. Spy is gradually exposed by Ragna and hero. Spy’s cover may have been a newspaper man.
· The chase - - blizzard again. Spy takes Ragna hostage and tries to escape on skis “across the top”. Hero wounded in ice (igloo type) shelter. He is aided by Ragna. At the finish (at the Russian border), Russian executioner arrives by car (storm is over) and shoots the spy.
· Ragna nurses the hero back to health – they marry and have kids.
· Somewhere there is an off-shore vacation island and a mad dash to the mainland in a small sailboat in pursuit of the spy. Ragna and hero later summer with children on the island.



Seeking author and title of a book read in the 1960’s

What I remember about the book:

· Spy/thriller/romance set in Norway shortly after World War II
· Author was a young woman who served in the intelligence service-command liaison in Europe. She wrote the book as a lark. She may have written one more novel.
· Story begins – a blizzard in the far north of Norway. Two young men on skis fleeing Germans in the south – trying to escape to Russia over the top. One, the traitor, later returns to Norway as a Russian/Communist spy.
· The hero, a young Norweigan ski patrol “official” and friend, aids traitor in escape to Russia – a tent for shelter.
· Heroine, name may have been Ragna, initially married to hero’s buddy. Somewhere buddy is killed by the spy (while still undetected). Ragna shacks up with spy. She is still “close” to hero. Spy is gradually exposed by Ragna and hero. Spy’s cover may have been a newspaper man.
· The chase - - blizzard again. Spy takes Ragna hostage and tries to escape on skis “across the top”. Hero wounded in ice (igloo type) shelter. He is aided by Ragna. At the finish (at the Russian border), Russian executioner arrives by car (storm is over) and shoots the spy.
· Ragna nurses the hero back to health – they marry and have kids.
· Somewhere there is an off-shore vacation island and a mad dash to the mainland in a small sailboat in pursuit of the spy. Ragna and hero later summer with children on the island.

Seeking author and title of a book read in the 1960’s

What I remember about the book:

· Spy/thriller/romance set in Norway shortly after World War II
· Author was a young woman who served in the intelligence service-command liaison in Europe. She wrote the book as a lark. She may have written one more novel.
· Story begins – a blizzard in the far north of Norway. Two young men on skis fleeing Germans in the south – trying to escape to Russia over the top. One, the traitor, later returns to Norway as a Russian/Communist spy.
· The hero, a young Norweigan ski patrol “official” and friend, aids traitor in escape to Russia – a tent for shelter.
· Heroine, name may have been Ragna, initially married to hero’s buddy. Somewhere buddy is killed by the spy (while still undetected). Ragna shacks up with spy. She is still “close” to hero. Spy is gradually exposed by Ragna and hero. Spy’s cover may have been a newspaper man.
· The chase - - blizzard again. Spy takes Ragna hostage and tries to escape on skis “across the top”. Hero wounded in ice (igloo type) shelter. He is aided by Ragna. At the finish (at the Russian border), Russian executioner arrives by car (storm is over) and shoots the spy.
· Ragna nurses the hero back to health – they marry and have kids.
· Somewhere there is an off-shore vacation island and a mad dash to the mainland in a small sailboat in pursuit of the spy. Ragna and hero later summer with children on the island.
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It sounds like Wolf Winter, by Clare Francis--name of heroine matches, also general plot, although it was not published until the 1980s.  You can see a preview of it here. OPL doesn't own this book, but if you think this might be the one, we could probably get it via interlibrary loan

Let us know!

Martha/Main Library

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