A brilliantly organized gang for getting long-term prisoners out of gaol springs a notorious Russian double agent. Assigned to the case, Owen Stannard tracks them down to Malta, where he finally confronts the ruthless mastermind behind the gang.
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Desmond Bagley was born in 1923, in Kendal, a rural town in England's scenic Lake District. He left school aged fourteen and worked for a number of years in the aircraft industry before embarking on an adventure - travelling to South Africa by road and supporting himself along the way by working in gold and asbestos mines. Bagley spent the Fifties in South Africa, working as a freelance journalist and critic, before moving to Italy with his wife, Margaret, and then to Guernsey. His first novel, The Golden Keel, was based on a true story overheard by Bagley in a bar in Johannesburg, about Mussolini's vast personal riches and the men who went looking for it. It was published in 1963 to great acclaim and followed by a further fifteen popular adventure ovels. Bgley's career spanned two decades and his influence can be seen in the work of several highly respected thriller writers. When he died, in 1983, his final novel, Juggernaut, was completed by his wife.Review:
This is one of Desmond Bagley's 108% action stories which tracks across a lot of territory (England, Ireland, Gibraltar) after Rearden, or the man called Rearden, who is hired by Mackintosh to lift some diamonds which will send him to jail where he can interest a circuit of escape artists called the Scarperers. In their hands he finds the confinement closer than the "nick," until he gets away and with Macintosh's daughter shuttles and shoots his way clear in an operation which has a much higher political ceiling. Breathe deeply and start counting - it's natty, peremptory stuff. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Book Description Collins, London, 1971. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 035806
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Book Description Collins., 1971. Book Condition: Good. Hard Cover. Book - Good. DJ - Good. Faded. Edge Wear. Spine Wear. Bookseller Inventory # 1846502
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Book Description Collins, London, 1971. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good +. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 255pp. HARDCOVER. Outstanding copy. No inscriptions. Size: 8vo - over 73/4" - 93/4" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 48274/66
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Book Description Collins, London, 1971. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. First edition in hardcover with dust jacket. Small tidy signatures on the front endpaper and front pastedown (covered by jacket flap). Jacket has short tear, some creasing to front panel, minor chipping. Near Fine/Very Good. BW11-9. Bookseller Inventory # 250117
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