On the eve of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, "Children & Spies", an operative training manual written by former KGB General Nico Stollen, goes to the top of the Amazon bestseller chart. The crisis it provokes reaches into a perplexing world of 1960s super power and Iraqi politics, freemasons, diplomats, spooks and Jesuits. A saga about the enduring friendship of three Iraqi families - Roman Catholic Indian traders; a Jewish family and a Muslim one who remain united over four decades despite intolerable tragedy and betrayal.
Corinne Souza's non-fiction books include "Baghdad's Spy" and "So You Want to be a Lobbyist?". "Jasmine's Tortoise" is her first novel.