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Bill Rapp

  • Bethany Beach Books 99 Garfield Pkwy Bethany Beach, DE, 19930 United States (map)

Meet Bill Rapp author of  the Cold War Spy series: Tears of Innocence and The Hapsburg Variation  on August 23rdfrom 6:30pm-8:30pm.

The Hapsburg Variation

In 1955, as the Allies prepare to sign the State Treaty granting Vienna its independence, CIA Deputy Chief of Station Karl Baier becomes enmeshed in the case of a murdered Austrian aristocrat. Then his wife, Sabine, is kidnapped, and he suspects a connection. The stakes rise along with the danger as his investigation takes him from Vienna to Berlin, London, Scotland, and finally Budapest.


About Bill

"Bill Rapp began his adult life as an academic historian after receiving his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, his M.A. from the University of Toronto, and his Ph.D. in European History from Vanderbilt University.  He taught European Social History for a year at Iowa State University before heading off to Washington, D.C., where he began his 35-year career as an analyst, senior executive, and diplomat with the Central Intelligence Agency.  He retired in March, 2017 and continues to work part-time at the Agency as a Referent and Consultant, but his first priority these days is his writing.  Bill is currently working on a series of spy thrillers set during the Cold War, which allows him to marry his passions for history and intelligence work.  The first, Tears of Innocence, is set in Berlin in the months immediately after the end of World War II and introduces his main protagonist Karl Baier, a young German-American working in military intelligence.  The second, The Hapsburg Variation, takes Karl's story to 1955 Vienna, where he is now the CIA's deputy chief of station and becomes embroiled in a murder investigation on the eve of the signing of the State Treaty, which ends the Allied occupation of Austria.  The third book in the series, The Budapest Escape, occurs during the Hungarian revolt of 1956 and should come out sometime in 2019.  Bill also has a three-book private detective series set outside Chicago, where he grew up, which includes Angel in Black, A Pale Rain, and Burning Altars.  You can learn more about his books at or his Facebook page, Bill Rapp's Books."

Earlier Event: August 22
K.L. Montgomery
Later Event: August 24
Diana McDonough