His refuge had become a prison. The world outside a trap. But it was time that was his greatest enemy...
Viscount Bessacarr was once the centre of a notorious trial. When the news comes that cancer is suspected, he is determined to see his young daughter again. But the price of being allowed back in Britain is high. Bessacarr's job is to kill a famous traitor and defector - his father. Soon he is caught up in a mad race from London to Rome and along the coast to Amalfi. His opponents are the KGB, British Intelligence and his own family. He can hardly hope to win the race, but he can't afford to lose either...
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Reginald Hill is a native of Cumbria and a former resident of Yorkshire, the setting for his novels featuring Superintendent Dalziel and DCI Pascoe. Their appearances have won him numerous awards, including a CWA Gold Dagger and the Car-tier Diamond Dagger Lifetime Achievement Award. The Dalziel and Pascoe stories have also been adapted into a hugely popular BBC TV series.From Publishers Weekly:
Hill, author of the popular British series featuring detectives Dalziel and Pascoe, has written a first-rate espionage thriller. Lemuel Swift, sixth Viscount Bessacarr, living in Venezuela as a fugitive from British justice, is told he has terminal cancer. Desperate to see his only child, Swift fakes his own kidnapping and tries to slip back into England incognito. To his surprise, he is immediately arrested by British Intelligence, in the persons of Commander Hunnicut and his female assistant, Reilly. The British promise to let Swift contact his daughter if he does just one thing for them: namely, kill his father, a notorious traitor who fled to Russia years earlier. Swift half-heartedly agrees. However, things are not what they seem. He runs into double-cross on top of double-cross until it is hard to separate friend from foe from family member. Hill demonstrates his mastery by keeping a tight rein on a plot that, with its nonstop action, could have become chaotic. The narrative is a perfect mixture of tension and mordant humor, and ultimately all loose ends are tied up in a way that should satisfy the most demanding reader.
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Book Description London, UK: Collins, 1983, 1st Edition, First Printing, London, England, 1983. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine (see description). Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine (see description). Percy Blayney Cover Art (illustrator). First Edition. ----------hardcover, a Near Fine copy in a Near Fine dustjacket, price on flap has been inked out, some age toning to paper as usually seen on this title, ---"Lemuel Stanhope-Swift, sixth Viscount Bessacarr and semi-professional cad, has been on the lam from British justice, holed up in a tropical paradise and slowly drinking himself to death with a succession of young lovelies whose names he doesn?t bother to recall. But when he?s diagnosed with terminal cancer, he is struck with a sentimental desire to say farewell to the daughter he abandoned years ago. Back on British soil, Lem finds that Her Majesty?s secret service would be delighted to help Lem see his daughter. But they would like a wee something in exchange. Lem?s father defected to Moscow some while ago and has started stirring up trouble as of late. So if Lem wouldn?t mind, they?d like him to terminate Papa."---, any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo. Not Signed. Bookseller Inventory # 150468
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