What would happen, I wondered in mid-1982, if Israel actually invaded Lebanon. So I started writing a book, and wouldn't you know it, Israel actually invaded Lebanon, which somewhat detracted from the novel's fantasy element. Fortunately, the other part I made up didn't happen. That would be Israel's alliance with Armenian nationalists striving to establish a Christian democracy in Anatolia and northern Syria. Or at least that's the story the heroine (a French-Armenian actress) tells the hero, an American journalist who's been posted to war-torn Levantine for too long. Quite a thrilling book all these years later, if I do say so, containing object lessons on why it's not a good idea to invade complicated Middle Eastern countries.
Peter gives an overview of the book:
Peter Delacorte was born in New York and, fleeing oppression, moved to San Francisco in 1971. Alas, there was oppression in San Francisco too, but the summers were cooler and he could find a place to park. He lives on Potrero Hill with his wife, Bonnie, and their pretty...