This was dangerous territory. Trieste, to the outside world, is a tourist destination with beautiful rugged scenery and historic buildings set amidst a comfortable climate at the northernmost point of the Adriatic Sea.
But beneath the beauty and comfort and welcoming smiles is a sub-current, a collision of cultures and interests and political agendas. The proximity of the port to the former Yugoslavia countries of Slovenia and Croatia and Serbia and Bosnia meant the destruction and killing of war was only hours away. The city’s history at the nexus of post-war U.S. vs. Soviet Union intrigue only added to its mystique.
Marta knew first hand the duplicity, the dual personality of Trieste. She had been here several times during her reign of terror through disintegrating KGB networks. She had rid the world of a corrupt KGB operative working Trieste like a tyrant. He was found by a fisherman bobbing in the harbor one pleasant morning.