Dean Reed was an American and the biggest rock star in the history of the Soviet Union. He was so famous his icons were sold alongside those of Josef Stalin. Reggie Nadelson first saw him in 1986 on a TV chat show. Few people in the West had ever heard of him. Six weeks later Reed was found dead in a lake in East Berlin.
Reggie Nadelson is a New Yorker who also lives in London. She is the author of six novels featuring the detective Artie Cohen. Comrade Rockstar is to be made into a film starring Tom Hanks.