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The Private Investigator by Van Tellfaster

The Private Investigator

by Van Tellfaster

569 pages
This thriller is a story of courage, persistence, and international intrigue. It opens in the nationís capital after a well known international investigative firm moves to D.C. from Philadelphia. The firmís senior partner assigns A.J. Williams, the protagonist, to investigate a possible espionage case involving a U.S. government employee.

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About the Book
The Private Investigator is a story about courage, persistence, and international intrigue; itís a thriller that opens in the nationís capital after the firm, Hutchison and Satterfield International Investigations (HSII) relocates to D.C. from Philadelphia. The main character, Allan J. Williams, who prefers to be called A.J., is smart, industrious, and passionate about his work. A.J. not only has to deal with his bossís quirky personality, but also has to interact with the likes of Phil Jacoby, a talented federal government contractor, who is arrogant and rash.

Raymond Lee, a wily North Korean operative who portrays himself to Jacoby as a South Korean businessman, successfully recruits Jacoby and gets the government contractor to commit espionage against America. When Jacoby realizes he is headed for trouble for passing highly sensitive government information to Lee, Jacoby attempts to cover his tracks. Jacoby seeks out and hires his former high school classmate, Jerry Satterfield, to investigate the contrived story, and to reclaim the allegedly stolen government information.

Satterfield assigns A.J. to investigate Jacobyís complaint, but A.J.ís success in sorting out the complicated case depends a great deal on his willingness to work harmoniously with Satterfield. In order to unravel the Jacoby case, A.J. travels to HSIIís Hong Kong office where he first learns from a colleague that they both could be in some danger.

After he obtains leads in Chinaís autonomous territory, A.J. jets off to Seoul, South Korea, to track down Lee and attempt to solve the case. A.J. runs afoul of the Korean authorities when he and a fellow PI from HSIIís office in Seoul disobey the KNP, and surreptitiously enter Leeís office to pursue more leads. Tensions heighten when the KNP catch A.J. and his colleague illegally searching Leeís office. Complications arise after the KNP arrest Lee and Lee escapes from a KNP secret interrogation facility. A.J. and his colleague redeem themselves by orchestrating a plan to join United States Army resources with a special South Korean spy-catching unit to recapture Lee.


ďThank you for the honor of reading your book. I found both the characters, especially A.J., interesting, and I loved the setting in Korea, a part of the world that many Americans know very little about.Ē
- Andrea Cumbo-Floyd
ďÖ I think I know Satterfield better than any of the other characters. Heís abrupt, rude, unskilled in social interactions and heís afraid that his lack of couth will hurt the firm now that Hutchison is dead. We see him being rude and unfeeling, which is how we know him ÖĒ
- Steven Bauer
The Private Investigator was a very good read! A very well written book that kept the story constantly in motion, with enlightening additional information and descriptions and history. Prost!!!!
- Carolyn W.
This is my brother's first novel. It is an amazing page turner, full of high energy suspense. Treat yourself to an enjoyable read. Caution: you may lose some sleep as I did. It was difficult to put it down.
- Matt H.
Private Investigator contains all the elements of a good spy thriller. I look forward to reading more from this author.
- Anna C.
I was drawn in by the intrigue and the vivid descriptions of the many locations in which the story takes place. Moreover, it was an adventure in learning about cultures and espionage. The story provides an interesting glimpse into the world of intelligence operations.
- R. Robinson



About the Author
Van Tellfaster A native of Philadelphia, Pa, Van Tellfaster spent thirty-four years in the United States Air Force in various security and intelligence assignments. Following his last assignment at the White House, Mr. Tellfaster retired from the military. He also worked at the United States Department of Transportation for several years before retiring.



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