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Synopsis: Retired tennis pro and part-time spy Brad Smith tries to help Danisa, a young Soviet tennis star defect, but the defection goes horribly wrong, they must run for their lives--and Brad finds himself falling in love. Reprint. NYT. PW.
From Publishers Weekly:
An aging tennis pro who's done a few jobs for the CIA in the past is dragooned into one more operation in this promising first entry in Bickman's ( Day Seven ) new mystery series. Former champion Brad Smith is asked to go to Yugoslavia to aid the defection attempt of top woman player Danisa Lechova. Pretending to be a magazine writer covering an international tennis match in Belgrade, he makes contact with Danisa, gains her confidence and falls in love with her, despite opposition from her jealous coach and stern parents and further complications from a sister who is a fervent Communist. Meanwhile, other wheels are turning. Hiding from the FBI, the CIA and the KGB in the north central U.S. and in Canada is top KGB agent Dominic Partek, waiting for the CIA to deliver on a promise before he defects to the West with a trove of valuable information. When Smith's CIA contact disappears and Danisa's escape attempt fails, Smith concludes he's been set up and must take matters in his own hands. Bickman offers a keen-eyed view of life on the tennis circuit, using real players in bit parts and conveying the pressure and sense of urgency of big-time play.
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Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: 1989
Book Condition: Good
Book Description Tor Books, 1989. Book Condition: Good. 1st. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP9060369
Book Description Tor Books, 1989. Book Condition: Good. 1st. Ships from Reno, NV. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP91881924
Book Description Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Light shelf wear and minimal interior marks. Bookseller Inventory # G0312931441I3N00
Book Description Tor Books, New York, NY, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. VERY GOOD HARDBACK in a NEAR FINE DJ. 1st Ed./1st Printing. DJ in Clear, ARCHIVAL MYLAR WRAP. Slight paper toning NO remainder mark. | SHIPS AIRMAIL INTERNATIONALLY!. Bookseller Inventory # 002891
Book Description Tor Books, New York, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+. First Edition; First Printing. Black cloth, slight edge rubbing, and page edges are age toned. In very slightly rubbed, very slightly scuffed DJ. Now protected in a mylar jacket. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 314 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 39087
Book Description Tor Books, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1989. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. Bumped at head and heel of spine; slight spine tilt; jacket rubbed; tiny creases at head and heel of spine. Bookseller Inventory # 050164
Book Description Tor Books, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0312931441
Book Description Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1989. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. 1st ed. fine in dust jacket. First in the Brad Smith tennis series. Advance Review Copy with publisher's material laid in. Brad is playing in the first major tennis championships to be played in Belgrade. Review Copy. Bookseller Inventory # 013343
Book Description Tor Books, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0312931441
Book Description Tor Books, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # P020312931441