Thank you for visiting the website of Bill Rapp, author of the “Suburban Detective” series featuring Bill Habermann and set outside Chicago, and the “Cold War Thriller” series. The first book, Tears of Innocence, takes place in Berlin in the months immediately following the end of the war and features a young American military intelligence officer, Karl Baier. The second novel, The Hapsburg Variation, which was released at the end of 2017 under the Coffeetown Press label, takes the story forward to 1955 Vienna, where Baier is now the deputy chief of station for the CIA. Keeping with the Berlin theme, Bill also wrote Berlin Breakdown, a novel set during the fall of the Wall, an event Bill experienced first-hand while serving at the U.S. Mission Berlin from 1989 tom 1991.

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“In TURKISH TRIANGLE, the talented Bill Rapp returns to his series character, CIA officer Karl Baier, who is sent to Turkey on a dangerous mission during the hottest days of the Cold War — October 1962 — when Russian missiles were secretly installed in Cuba.  This was the closest we’ve come to a nuclear war with Russia, and Bill Rapp — a CIA veteran himself with decades of service — bring these days to life with expert and detailed writing, at a time when our enemies were clear, and the chances for a world-wide war were high.  Very much recommended.”
— Brendan DuBois, award-winning and New York Times bestselling author
Check out BooksRadar.com for detailed descriptions of each of Bill Rapp’s published books


“CIA officer Karl Baier returns to Berlin to assist in the exfiltration of a KGB defector in the late summer of 1961, just as the new Wall is going up and the world of Cold War espionage is about to change forever. At the same time, Baier’s German-born wife asks him to help smuggle her parents out of East Germany, turning a difficult assignment into one that is all but impossible.”

“This is a book worth reading. It incorporates an abundance of historical facts, as well as the actors who were making conditions so dangerous. I must add that the author knows of what he writes, being a 35 year veteran of the CIA.”

Click here to read the full review of “The Budapest Escape” by Mary Ann Smyth for BookLoons


“I liked the writing, the post-war ambiance, the characters, and the nasty geo-politics well enough to be willing to think I should get the first novel and start over at the beginning…”

Click here to read the full review of “The Hapsburg Variation” from Historical Novel Society

Check out our new trade paperback edition of Tears of Innocence, now available for purchase


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