Review 2: Marquardt – Little Sister Lost

 5 out of 5 stars Political Secrets–the tangled web they weave!,October 30, 2005. By: Joleen Marquardt; “office manager, farm wife” (Wyoming).  
  
Matt Dawson, who we first met in The China Connection, is the investigator hired to find Anna Lieber. When Matt agrees to take this case, he has no idea what he has gotten himself into, or the dirty little secret he will stumble on to that will put him in the path of murderous danger.
 
The search for Anna takes him back in time to 1951, when an ambulance mysteriously whisks her husband, Maxim, away in the middle of the night to Mexico. Matt also discovers the complicated ring of espionage and the thriving communism underground of the early 1900’s involving Maxim Lieber, Alger Hiss, and Whittaker Chambers. Evidence is unveiled in the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings where we also get a glimpse of the events that catapulted Richard Nixon into the political limelight.At one point, Anna Lieber, is having a rather heated discussion with her husband, Maxim, about the search for truth. Lacking any religious upbringing Max had turned to communism early in life – he’d become a relativist rejecting any kind of truth. He told her that to accept truth, or even goodness, it would have committed him to moral and social responsibility, and yet truth seemed to be what he was continually searching for and always came up lacking. Anna’s response, to me, quite sums up the truth regarding capitalism vs. socialism.She said to Maxim, “You want truth, Max? Here’s truth. Western capitalism has created a wealthier, more numerous middle class than socialism. In every country where it exists, capitalism has spread wealth; housing, food, clothing and consumer goods among more people than any other system. And with more personal freedoms intact, too. Socialism, on the other hand, has produced a dependant middle class, with its hand out.”Matt, a lawyer-turned-investigator, has a past full of painful circumstances which have forced him to take a good hard look at himself. Because the time frame for Little Sister Lost is set before The China Connection, we get to know more of Matt’s background, and the personal struggle he experiences because of his divorce, and subsequent damaged relationship with his children. His realization that what is missing in his life is a personal relationship with God, starts him on the path toward healing.All this, along with an edge-of-your seat, what’s-going-to-happen-next story woven around a controversial and complicated piece of American history, makes for wonderful reading.
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