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Moscow Metal

Boyer, Rick

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ISBN 10: 0395427371 / ISBN 13: 9780395427378
Published by Houghton Mifflin, New York, 1987
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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There is some bumping of the dust jacket at the corners. The trouble begins when Doc's cat, Claude, staggers home and dies a violent death after being shot with a pellet gun. But this is no ordinary pellet, it is made of "Moscow metal", radioactive thallium, the horrible death-dealing substance used by KBG hit men on their most hated targets. Bookseller Inventory # 5111

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Title: Moscow Metal

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, New York

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition

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Frequently bored Concord, Massachusetts dental surgeon Charles "Doc" Adams gives sanctuary to his neighbor, a Hungarian scientist. His name is Emil Haszmanay. He is soon revealed as a double agent spying for both the Soviet KGB and the US CIA. Evidence grows that both agencies would not mind seeing Emil dead. Haszmanay works on top-secret US government projects at nearby Lincoln Laboratory.

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Oral surgeon Charlie Adams is the kind of Yankee who tends to explain everything, making his new adventure a trifle longwinded, though still enjoyable. The fourth Doc Adams novel (Billingsgate Shoal, etc.) starts with the mysterious, painful death of an Adams cat. Then Doc's wife Mary is felled by a stranger fevercaused, it is discovered, by a deadly pellet of irradiated thallium she found in the cat's body. Mary recovers, but the FBI is called in because the poison ("Moscow metal") is used mostly in KGB assassinations and because an Adams neighbor, a refugee Hungarian scientist, has vanished. Soon Doc is involved with more deaths, double agents and the impending theft of a high-tech defense system. After some meticulousand garruloussleuthing, Doc engages in a lethal, climactic struggle with a fabled Soviet agent. There are some hard-to-swallow plot developmentsDoc harbors an obvious villain far too longbut the story's cozy, middle-class Concord, Mass., ambience is well evoked. Fans of earlier books probably won't mind the unlikely and violent ending.
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