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Sent to Manhattan as part of the British effort to build intelligence into the new United Nations Organization "from the foundations up," Agent Peter Cotton wakes up in the Ogden Clinic on East 76th Street, a private facility reserved for very special patients and veterans. He is told he was found badly bruised, slumped in a doorway, and that he had been injected with at least three truth-drugs. He is lucky to be alive. Plagued by vertigo, color blindness, and tunnel vision, and unable to be certain what is real and what hallucinatory, Cotton must piece together what has happened to him, and find out who is responsible and why. What he discovers is even more unsettling. His biggest uncertainty? Why he has been allowed to live.
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Aly Monroe is the author of the Peter Cotton series, which includes Icelight, Maze of Cadiz, and Washington Shadow.Review:
His story is a tense atmospheric narrative where subtle innuendo, smart conversation, superb character profiles and relationships are more important than the action . . . Black Bear, and there are two of them in the story, is a fine addition to a series which has got me hooked * Eurocrime * Atmospheric, engrossing and intelligently written, Black Bear tantalises from the very first page until its conclusion * Milo's Rambles * Ian Fleming fans reading Black Bear might find themselves recalling the opening section of Thunderball and James Bond's retreat to a health spa, but where Bond snapped back into action almost immediately, Cotton's recovery from his brutalising experience forms the framework for the entire novel. This is in part due to the quality of realism that Monroe brings to her storytelling . . . Monroe's gorgeous prose and psychological trauma of a mind unsure that it can trust its own thoughts all add up to a delicately nuanced character sturdy * Irish Times * 'it is easy to see why Aly Monroe is fast establishing a large fan base' * www.reviewingtheevidence.com * 'A natural storyteller . . . a cracking atmosphere' * Mail on Sunday * 'Impressive . . . The next can't come too soon' * Financial Times * 'Clever and fascinating . . . Reminded me of Graham Greene' * Guardian * Praise for the Peter Cotton series: 'Splendid . . . enlightening and engaging' * The Times * 'The Peter Cotton series by Aly Monroe is proving to be absolutely unmissable' * Good Book Guide * 'The Peter Cotton series is getting better and better and in Icelight the internecine squabbling of the security services is a prequel to the real-life problems during the Cold Ware. I'm really looking forward to the next book' * Crime Scraps * 'The stately pace and avuncular tone belie Monroe's capacity to generate tension and momentum from the most innocuous of incidents, and the political context deliberately foreshadows more famous incidents in the cold-war years ahead, as former allies - Britain, Russia and the US - jockey for position in the post-war years' * Irish Times * 'Riveting stuff' * The Times * 'Dodgy underhand dealings, political manipulations as well as a labyrinth of twists and turns... Definitely an author to watch' * Falcata Times * 'Once again, Monroe's research is spot on and she paints her supporting cast with so many shades of grey that it makes a John Le Carre novel look positively straightforward. This is wonderfully atmospheric' * Shots Magazine * 'A wonderfully atmospheric book' * Euro Crime * 'Monroe creates the atmosphere of the time brilliantly . . . an original novel and its people and places are so well described that I was gripped from start to finish' * Literary Review * 'Monroe is terrific at evoking this world' * Guardian * 'Confirms Aly Monroe's genius for creating such tension that, while nothing much happens, you don't want things to stop not happening. She's commercial writing's rarest beast - a gloriously defiant individualist' * Daily Telegraph *
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Book Description John Murray, 2013. Condition: Good. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP102108340