Title: The Trap
Publication Date: 1960
Edition: 1st Edition.
New York. 1960. Abelard-Schuman. 1st American Edition. Previous Owner's Name Tag In Front, Otherwise Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket. Translated from the French by John Warland. 207 pages. hardcover. Jacket design by Brain Paine. keywords: France Mystery Translated. inventory # 27609. FROM THE PUBLISHER - A childís corpse lies bleeding in a Spanish street órun over by a car carrying four strangers. TheseóKadar, large-scale gun-runner, Joss, faithful lieutenant, and the Gregarios, professional killersóare sheltering in the village inn, The boss is lynched by the hysterical villagers, but not before his unhinged mind has started a hunt. His last words are of the treasure he buried in his boyhood on Forrnentera in the Balearics. Joss barely escapes the howling mob, to make his way to the island, not in search of gold, but to break the news of Kadarís death to his family. Boris, the dead manís brother, is King of this lonely territory of salt-pans. His mother is a cripple who keeps a gun permanently mounted on her wheel-chair, The wild, beautiful Koubrah was Kadarís adopted daughter, At Jossís arrival she has just announced her engagement to Boris, but the villagers hint darkly that she is marrying a maimed man out of pity and not love, This strange household receives Joss with a mixture of suspicion and fear, Will he prove a danger, or act as safeguard against the inevitable arrival of the Gregarios? It is into this trap that Joss has walked, snared by violence, greed and love, He is a stranger among fiercely narrow islanders, a bodyguard afraid of the killers he is employed against, a lonely man who seems to have nothing left. JEAN-LOUIS COTTE was born at Valence in the Dauphiné on 23rd of June, 1923. His father was an officer in the Colonial army; his mother came from an old Protestant family in the Ardèche. He was educated at the Lycée Emile Loubet, and was studying law when the Germans occupied France. He was sent to a youth camp but escaped and joined the Maquis. After the liberation he served for a time in the regular army, then tried various jobs: Mediterranean fisherman, factory worker, tourist guide. In 1947 he married an Algerian girl and they have one daughter. He has written, apart from his novels, radio scripts, short stories and articles. Previous Owner's Name Tag In Front, Otherwise Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 27609
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