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Bear Trap

Alan Edward Nourse

Book Overview: 

A great man -- the nation's peacemaker -- had died, and Shandor was at the end of his rope. The chubby man handed him a small envelope. "Apparently he wrote that a long time ago. Told his daughter to send it to Public Information Board immediately in event of his death. Read it." Shandor unfolded the thin paper, and blinked unbelieving:

"In event of my death during the next few months, a certain amount of biographical writing will be inevitable. It is my express wish that this writing, in whatever form it may take, be done by Mr. Thomas L. Shandor, staff writer of the Federal Public Information Board. I believe that man alone is qualified to handle this assignment.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Carefully he snubbed his cigarette in an ashtray, then turned sharply to the girl. "Look. If you want to play games, I can play games too. Either you're going to help me, or you're not—it's up to you. But you forget one thing. I'm a propagandist. I might say I'm a very expert propagandist. I can tell a true story from a false one. You won't get anywhere lying to me, or evading me, and if you choose to try, we can call it off right now. You know exactly the type of information I need from you. Your father was a great man, and he rates a fair shake in the write-ups. I'm asking you to help me."

Her lips formed a sneer. "And you're going to give him a fair shake, I'm supposed to believe." She pointed to the newspaper. "With garbage like that? Head cold!" Her face flushed, and she turned her back angrily. "I know your writing, Mr. Shandor. I've been exposed to it for years. You've never written an honest, true story in your life, but you alway. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Really enjoyable short story. Feels more like a government espionage/world war story. The nation is on the brink of a seemingly future nuclear war. A nation's peacemaker/senator/SOS (Ingersoll) supposedly dies, but as shandor finds later, fakes his death so that he can publish a biography of himself