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Clive Egleton, Britain's leading thriller writer, captures the current political scene in this post-cold war thriller, where the rules have changed, nuclear menace has merely gone underground, and the world's secrets are up for grabs.
It is spring of 1991 when a minor British official trading low-grade information with Galina Kutuzova (who appears to be an equally minor Russian informant) is blown up in a neo-Nazi riot in Dresden. To the British government it is a small affair, and Peter Ashton, a mid-ranking and always dependable agent, is asked to arrive at the acceptable explanation that it was a random accident. But after a nearly lethal trip to Leningrad and Moscow, Ashton believes that the suddenly elusive Galina has defected to America - and that silencing her is high on the Russians' list of priorities.
To convince the British Foreign Office and the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, Ashton hatches a plan that puts him at extreme personal and professional risk - and at the same time pursues Galina, who must know too much to have fled so far. With gut-wrenching suspense and clear-ringing authenticity, Clive Egleton tightens suspense like a slipknot as American and British agents converge at a Rocky Mountain safe house to pay back the KGB for five decades of hostile intent.
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Clive Egleton brings years of experience in the Intelligence and Counter Espionage fields to his enthralling novels of suspense. Widely regarded as one of Britain's leading thriller writers, he is the author of twenty-seven highly acclaimed novels. He lives in the Isle of Wight.From Kirkus Reviews:
Armament-heavy spycraft as British Military Intelligence tries to unravel the murder of an agent in Dresden, apparently by Neo- Nazis, while the blood flows. Typical Egleton (A Double Deception, Last Act, etc.) and neither better nor worse than his usual fruitcake of falling bodies mixed with broken nutshells of military specs--not to mention paragraphs stuffed with acronyms, hardware, exotic place names, ranking within military castes and intelligence services. The story here, laid out in three acts, starts in Dresden when British intelligence agent Captain Robert Whittle meets with Starshii Leitenant Gulina Kutuzova of the GRU to trade consumer goods and $200 for Gulina's low-grade info on Red Army units. Following the meet, Whittle dies in a car bomb explosion--a Neo-Nazi rally is being held at the same time--while Gulina disappears. Has she defected? If so, where to? Although Whittle's death is of only passing interest to the newspapers, MI5 feels morally obliged to get to the bottom of the event and assigns dependable agent Peter Ashton to find Gulina, the last person to have seen Whittle alive. Gulina's only real tie with another human being is with her mother Lydia, and Ashton sets off for Leningrad and Moscow to track down Lydia. But Americanski-speaking Gulina has fled by Swiss-Air to Montreal and hence hiphopped to Las Vegas, where she has reluctantly allowed herself to be taken under the wing of an athletic lesbian--a financial wizard who knows how to beat the wheel. Along with Ashton and American agent Tony Zale, Red Army agents are hot on her heels. The McGuffin has to do with a breakaway maverick unit within the Red Army, which has planted a string of atomic land mines in East Germany to protect the former USSR from invasion by the new GDR. Pages greased with Cosmoline, mentally quite slippery and hard to hang onto. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description St Martins Pr, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0312088124
Book Description St Martins Pr, 1993. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0312088124