by Anthony Dobranski A year and a half ago I began a project with the Forest Hills Connection, writing an old-style serial mystery set in our neighborhood during WWII. The Scientists and the Spy sits half-finished. I am sorry to have put it aside so long – but I will be starting it up – […]
A Forest Hills mystery novel: The Scientists and the Spy
Introducing… the first novel set in World War Two-era Forest Hills, DC. Assisted by local historians, Forest Hills-based writer Anthony Dobranski is writing a historical thriller based on real people and real events.
We are publishing a new chapter every week. As the chapters below appear in reverse chronological order, we thought it would be helpful to provide a chapter listing here.
The first ten chapters have also been collected into an e-book! Click here for the download information.
We’re incredibly proud of this one. In fall 2014, we announced that neighbor and writer Anthony Dobranski had started work on researching a novel that would be set here in Forest Hills. It would be historical fiction featuring some of the real-life work taking place at the National Bureau of Standards during World War Two. […]
The serialized 1940s adventures of our favorite fictional Forest Hills neighbors paused for a bit while author Anthony Dobranski recovered from a health setback. But now he’s back, and so are Enos and Dorothy! You can catch up on or refresh your memory about chapters 1 through 10 here, download the handy e-book – or […]
Our favorite fictional neighbors are taking a break from their weekly adventures – for health reasons. Anthony Dobranski has spent months researching and weeks writing The Scientists and the Spy, the serial historical novel being published here week by week. But a health setback is forcing him to take a mid-summer break. He writes: To […]
Since April, we’ve been publishing Anthony Dobranski’s mystery novel “The Scientists and the Spy” week by week, chapter by chapter. Now the first ten chapters are bundled into one easy-to-download e-book! Even if you’re already familiar with Corporal Enos Olsen and government gal Dorothy Sharpe, there’s nothing like reading each chapter in succession. Dive into […]
by Anthony Dobranski It was a sight Dorothy could never have imagined: trucks full of typewriters, hundreds in each one, hastily unloaded by workers into carts that wandered multiple paths along the Munitions Building’s great loading dock. An anthill of movement, it swept up Dorothy and her crew. Dorothy’s crew now wore overalls, scrounged on […]
Why is there a curb cut and a gate to nowhere on Connecticut Avenue between Tilden and Van Ness Streets? It’s an entrance gate to what was once “one of the country’s most sophisticated scientific laboratory complexes,” the National Bureau of Standards. John DeFerrari wrote about this lost piece of Forest Hills history in his […]
by Anthony Dobranski (When we last saw Corporal Enos Olsen, he was enjoying a holiday meal with Dorothy Sharpe and her family, and unexpectedly getting a clue that might help him in his mission: Find the man he caught spying in Chapter 1.) On Saturday afternoon, Enos put himself through his own physical training on […]
by Anthony Dobranski (Just catching up? Find chapters 1-7 here.) The nice thing about a uniform was that it could go everywhere, from laboratory to holiday dinner. Enos cleaned himself up in a Bureau bathroom. He found a limp but colorful bouquet at the Safeway store across from the security gate. Dorothy lived south of […]
by Anthony Dobranski It’s not all work and no play for 1942 government gal Dorothy Sharpe. Read more about her in chapters 2 and 6 – you’ll find those and all the chapters here! Dorothy joined her team Friday morning in a great hallway in the Munitions Building, en route to a new packing job […]