The Defection and Subsequent Resurrection of Nikolai Pushkin

CHAPTER 1

On the day of Nikolai Pushkin’s scheduled flight to the United States, a van pulled up to the US embassy in Stockholm, Sweden, and four men with unsavory reputations and faces like pounded meat exited the vehicle. Another remained inside, maintaining his stranglehold on the steering wheel. Two of the four lumbered into the Embassy while the other two stood watch; minutes later, the first pair exited flanking a nervous young man, his face shielded by dark glasses and a Buffalo Sabres baseball cap. They all piled into the van, which sank noticeably under their weight, and took off at a high rate of speed. Right behind them was a rented Saab driven by a large KGB agent stuffed into the driver’s seat.

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KEN PISANI is an Emmy-nominated producer, screenwriter, playwright and novelist. His novel “AMP’D” was runner-up for the 2017 Thurber Prize for American Humor.

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Ken Pisani

Ken Pisani

KEN PISANI is an Emmy-nominated producer, screenwriter, playwright and novelist. His novel “AMP’D” was runner-up for the 2017 Thurber Prize for American Humor.