Whatever Happened to Roger Styles? Guy Burgess-A Traitor Remembered

Guy Burgess, photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Magazine

Fifty-seven years ago on August 30, Soviet spy and British traitor Guy Burgess died an alcoholic’s death in Moscow, a little more than twelve years after defecting with his fellow spy and traitor Donald Maclean.  Upon arriving at Maclean’s home in a rented saloon car to pick up his fellow traitor, Burgess introduced himself to Maclean’s wife, Melinda, as “Roger Styles”.  The pair then disappeared only to reemerge publicly five years later in Moscow.  The defections were under very murky circumstances and kept from the public at the time.

“HERE COMES COMEY!” Writer Stan Trybulski represents the US in the Oxford Half-Marathon

The Butterfly and the Spider by Stan Trybulski

“The Butterfly and the Spider”

THE BUTTERFLY AND THE SPIDER, a new short story by Stan Trybulski. A hit man in Marseille finds that he can learn life’s lessons from even the tiniest creatures. Just published in the Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, Issue #24, available at mystery book stores or through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Also on Kindle.

Lt. Bob Mueller, USMC: The “Magnificent Bastard” who will get to the bottom of the Russia-White House scandal.

It is with some irony that tomorrow, Veterans’ Day, 2017, President Trump finds himself in Danang, Vietnam, where he might well cozy up with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin in a private meeting.

In 1965, U.S. Marines of the Third Division landed at Danang to protect its strategic airport from being overrun by Vietcong units backed by the North Vietnamese regular army. The 3rd would later move its headquarters north to Quang Tri and then in 1968, further north to Dong Ha, only eleven kilometers from the DMZ.

The photo is of PFC Ed Piscopo of the US Army’s 25th Division with the visage of Bob Mueller, rifle platoon commander, Company H, superimposed. No known photos of Mueller in Vietnam are in the public domain.

EVERYDAY IS MEMORIAL DAY: Today is Sgt. Mitchell Red Cloud, Jr.

EVERYDAY IS MEMORIAL DAY when one reaches my age and this morning, with things heating up even more on the Korean Peninsula, my thoughts turned to U.S. Army Sergeant Mitchell Red Cloud, Jr., a posthumous Medal of Honor recipient, for whom Camp Red Cloud near the Korean DMZ is named. You won’t hear much about Sgt. Red Cloud from the Steve Bannon-alt-right-white nationalist crowd but every soldier in the Second Infantry Division stationed along the DMZ in Korea knows who he was.

Sgt. Mitchell Red Cloud, Jr. Camp Red Cloud is named in his honor.


I often find enjoyment in watching films or television episodes about fiction writers, especially mystery writers. So when I came across the premiere episode to the Columbo television detective series starring Peter Falk, I was immediately drawn to it.

Peter Falk as television’s Lieutenant Colombo

The 1971 episode, Murder by the Book, is particularly interesting to me because it has a rare sub-sub genre plot involving a team of mystery writers. In real life, attempts at collaboration between mystery writers all too often end in failure. One exception has been the Ken Bruen-Jason Starr team which has produced several decent noir efforts; the latest is Pimp (2016). But they are truly an exception.

“Creeping Jesus” and the plot to kidnap Éamon deValera

The recent allegation by former CIA Director James Woolsey that he overheard President Trump’s disgraced national security advisor Mike Flynn discussing with high Turkish officials the idea of kidnapping a Turkish opposition leader here in the U.S. and returning him to Turkey where he would face sure execution will not go away. The story is sure to resurface again and again as the FBI investigation into Flynn’s conduct with Russia, Turkey and possibly other nations not friendly to the U.S. deepens.

The well-earned joys of a ten-mile run

The older one gets, at least in my case, the more one enjoys the after-run bon repas and libation.

Stan Trybulski recovering at D’Vine Restaurant after a ten-mile run

That is not to say that my training runs are not enjoyable for not only do I choose courses that run along the shoreline or veer inland through gentle verdant hills, marshes and sun-sparkled ponds teeming with wild fowl and wild life, but during the longer mileage I am also able to find a zone where I am completely within myself.

PARANOIA ÜBER ALLES: Lies, spies, Trump and Nazi Germany

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”-John 8:32

President Trump excoriates the news media while standing in front of the stars of honor on the north wall of CIA headquarters in Langley, VA.   As he attacked the news media, he received choreographed applause from his entourage.

The love-hate relationship between America’s journalists and its intelligence community may have grown a little more dramatic after the venomous attitude President Donald J. Trump  displayed recently toward both professions, going as far as to wrongly accuse the CIA and its former director John Brennan of deliberately leaking to the press the “Golden Showers” dossier, an action he called akin to that of Nazi Germany of the 1930s.

Of Things To Come: David Morrell’s TESTAMENT is more relevant than ever.


The books in my personal library are like old friends. I visit some more than others. Coming inside after a hard four-mile run I searched for something to read while recovering from the exertion.   The numerous vile and vicious acts of racial and religious bigotry that erupted after the Trump victory are disturbing and my mind had taken itself in a direction that I preferred not to go yet was impelled to travel.