The seed for the romantic suspense spy thriller CIA FALL GUY came from Phyllis Zimbler Miller’s experiences living in Europe when she and her husband were stationed with the U.S. Army in Munich, Germany, from September 1970 to May 1972.
Her husband Mitch was a military intelligence officer with the 18th MI Battalion, and Phyllis eventually got her own security clearance and a low-level GS job with the 66th MI Group. A copy of the reports she typed went to the CIA station in Munich.
The bombing of the Frankfurt Officers Club actually occurred in May 1972 only a few hours after Mitch and Phyllis arrived in Frankfurt by train from Munich and then immediately flew back to the United States on a U.S. Army-chartered plane. Phyllis subsequently read about the bombing in the front-page news items of The Wall Street Journal.
Phyllis’ Miller Mosaic LLC business partner Yael K. Miller created the book cover.
The CIA and Me:
The CIA recruited at Wharton when I was an M.B.A. student. During winter vacation of 1979-1980 I typed endless application forms on a typewriter. A couple of months later I got a phone call with an offer to come to Langley for two days of interviews.
At the moment I got the call I was not in a position to accept this visit offer — something I have always regretted.
Years later in 1994 I thought I had arranged an invitation to visit the CIA when I would be in D.C. for another reason. Unfortunately, that was the week that the mole in the agency — Aldrich Ames — was discovered and the CIA was in lock-down mode.
I still have hopes of someday visiting Langley.
P.S. You might like to read the saga of how I eventually got the security-clearance job with the 66th Military Intelligence Group in Munich — it was an adventure unto itself including the “approach” to Mitch and me in Copenhagen by an obvious Russian agent.
P.S.S. Also, in the second half of this blog post, the wife of a U.S. Army soldier who was first on the scene at the 1972 bombing of the U.S. Army’s Officers Club in Frankfurt describes the bombing.