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An arms and armor specialist is used by British Intelligence to pry information from the female director of the Kremlin Armory Museum, and in the process he loses his family, his job, and possibly his freedom
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Hunter (the paperback Comrades) makes his hardcover debut with the familiar story of an ordinary man caught up in the intrigues of international spymasters, a scenario that he makes secondary to the hero's effort to save his faltering marriage and reclaim his estranged wife while struggling with his feelings for a beautiful would-be Russian defector. David Marriner, a British specialist in guns and armour, meets beautiful Svetlana Malinkova, director of the famed Kremlin Armoury museum, at a Brussels conference, and she immediately invites him to visit her in Moscow. British Intelligence agents pressure him to do so, using as an incentive their ability to provide him with Britain's top divorce attorney to fend off the efforts of his wife, Celia, to end their marriage and take away his beloved daughter Katie. They want Marriner to use his contacts with Svetlana to arrange the defection of a Kremlin insider, a proposition she accepts on the condition that she's brought out as well, together with a collection of art treasures she's amassed. Things in Moscow become complicated and risky, but Marriner cannot turn back, realizing too late that his own employers are more than willing to exacerbate his marital problems as a means of insuring his cooperation. Even as Celia begins to show willingness to try again, Marriner finds himself increasingly involved with the more-than- willing Russian beauty. Before everything is resolved, he comes to understand the cynical double-cross in which he is but a pawn and has to endure an unexpected and deadly confrontation back on British soil. An average thriller made somewhat more interesting by the hero's tortured personal dilemma and moral quandary. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Publishers Weekly:
David Marriner, the hero of this slow- paced but unusual thriller, is a museum specialist whose wife wants a di vorce--and custody of their daughter. When British intelligence offers him the services of the top divorce lawyer in London, Marriner decides to partici pate in an elaborate plan to help a strategically placed Soviet defect. First, he accepts an invitation to visit Svetlana Malinkova, director of the fa mous Kremlin Armoury Museum, whom he has just met. Malinkova agrees to help with the plan, but she wants to defect as well, and to bring her impressive collection of purloined art with her. Desperate to hang on to his daughter, Marriner is drawn deeper and deeper into a complex web. Just as his domestic situation begins to show promise, he must return to Moscow to carry out the increasingly dangerous mission, which ultimately forces him to risk his freedom, his career and the lives of the people he loves most. The ending, while unexpected, stretches credibility, but this thriller has an add ed dimension most such books lack, because its protagonist is driven by personal problems rather than by the typical secret agent code. Hunter, a Londoner, is the author of the paper back original Comrades.
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Book Description Gordonsville, Virginia, U.S.A.: Walker & Co, 1992. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng. Seller Inventory # 4K89
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