rank, have another
Corona, and tell me: what were you doing in Normal.
You were working for Uncle Sam then, right?
Oh, I cant really discuss that.
Come on, man, we let you into the Unknown. Fill us in on what you know.
Well, lets say I was in training for Operation Bookworm. The CIA was
paying my expenses there so I could learn to write cutting-edge fiction
and become famous in Eastern Europe. Then I would infiltrate literary
circles so that the CIA could manipulate popular opinion and plant
some of our boys both in office and in the
publishing houses. Were going to start a fully-legitimate publishing
house as a cover, and we need skilled editors
such as yourselves to run the show down there.
Once the house is successful and prosperous,
were going to use it to launder money from our other operations.
Think of it: if the Unknown suddenly has a couple extra million dollars
in their account, none of the bankers will bat an eye because you boys
are so darn successful. To them itll just look like you gave a reading
and got paid in cash. And you will have access to lots of funds with which
you can publish many Unknown anthologies, without worrying about
losing money on the venture. This will give the whole black operation
an air of legitimacy. And you will send many many boxes of the Unknown
anthologies back to the U.S. via Southern Air Transport and Air America,
two of our airlines. This to ensure no problems in customs. Shall I just
say that we may be transporting some extracts from Asian flowers along
with the anthologies, through our proprietary supplier in Russia.
Is the K.G.B. in on this?
You dont have a need to know.
What were you doing in Normal, Frank, for real? Were you spying
Lets just say that he had some very important connections in the
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