The world knows Ian Fleming best as the creator of that international sensation, James Bond, hero of countless novels and films. The real Ian Fleming was once an operative for British Naval Intelligence, ostensibly retired to a career in journalism after World War II. Rumors have long swirled that Fleming never completely left the spy game. . . .
At a posh New Year's Eve party in London, Fleming falls hard and fast for the glamorous Nora, who mixes brains and beauty in a way Fleming can barely resist. But it's winter in England, and he longs to return to his sanctuary on the island of Jamaica, and he has a plane to catch. On his way to the airport, Fleming is practically kidnapped by operatives of British Intelligence who offer him a scoop-the name of a powerful American businessman who is secretly a Communist and who may be passing US secrets to Soviet Russia. Suspecting that British Intelligence has its own private reasons for discrediting this man, and unwilling to be their patsy, Fleming will not look at the dossier.
When Nora unexpectedly turns up in Jamaica, Fleming anticipates a pleasant idyll-particularly when he discovers that this beautiful woman is a tough, adventurous, former war correspondent. Sex appeal, intelligence, and a shared passion for journalism-Fleming sees a new future unfolding before him. Even learning that Nora is investigating the American whose dossier Fleming refused does not dampen the former spy's ardor. The explosion of a bomb in Nora's hotel room provokes Fleming, who accompanies Nora to her home base of San Francisco.
There, Nora plans to expose the businessman's connections to Soviet Russia and his bigamous marriage. Fleming has his hands full keeping the lady safe-but begins to wonder just why the people trying to kill Nora are so persistent.
In a world of concealed motives, love is a most dangerous game. . . .
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--Indianapolis Star on Embassy Row
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"The [villain's] ruthlessness is both shocking and convincing; the period details of travel, lodging, and communication are richly conveyed. Absorbing."
--Publishers Weekly on Against the Brotherhood
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Quinn Fawcett is the author of a number of mystery novels, including a series about Mycroft Holmes, older brother of the famous Sherlock (Embassy Row, The Flying Scotsman, and more) and a series detailing the espionage adventures of Ian Fleming (including Death to Spies and Siren Song). Retired from a respectable position with the Courts, Fawcett moved from London to the Caribbean a number of years ago.
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Book Description Forge Books, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. New item. May have light shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # 170406754
Book Description Forge Books, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0312869282
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