The Time of the Assassins

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The Time of the Assassins

By Claire Sterling
Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1984
264 pp. $14.95

With the sharpness and doggedness of a legendary supersleuth, Claire Sterling has followed the tracks of Mehmet Ali Agca, the Pope's 1981 assailant, and those with whom he was associated, across several countries from Turkey to Italy, badgering police officials and unearthing facts to put together the story of the crime of the century. Her main purposes are, first, to prove the "Bulgarian connection," and behind it the Soviet connection, and, second, to expose and decry the unwillingness of Western intelligence agencies, particularly the CIA, to find the facts for themselves or to recognize them when found by others. The story she tells is convincing as regards the Bulgarian role; that of the KGB has to be left to logic and inference.

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