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SIS officer Will Landon assumes he is facing a routine task when he is asked to investigate and vet the sensational novelized memoirs of Ross Frazer. By all records, Frazer was an ex-Intelligence officer, quite possibly involved in some long ago political assassinations, and is currently very much deceased. But events quickly take a deadly, unexpected turn. First the London literary agent in charge of the manuscript is found gruesomely murdered and his copy stolen by two people claiming to be with law ...

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Overview

SIS officer Will Landon assumes he is facing a routine task when he is asked to investigate and vet the sensational novelized memoirs of Ross Frazer. By all records, Frazer was an ex-Intelligence officer, quite possibly involved in some long ago political assassinations, and is currently very much deceased. But events quickly take a deadly, unexpected turn. First the London literary agent in charge of the manuscript is found gruesomely murdered and his copy stolen by two people claiming to be with law enforcement. Then the body of the New York bookshop owner who was the original source of the manuscript is found brutally tortured and murdered.

This once simple situation quickly lands on the desk of Peter Ashton, now an assistant director of the SIS. In this confusing situation, Ashton clearly sees the footprints of a now disgraced former SIS director - but when he tries to locate her, he finds she's gone missing as well. With precious little to go on then, Ashton along with his protégé Will Landon must start making connections-and fast-in order to uncover who, and what is really behind this increasingly deadly situation.

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If anyone can keep the old-fashioned spy novel alive, it's British veteran Egleton (Cry Havoc; etc.). As usual, he starts things off with a bang: a leading London literary agent receives a tell-all memoir written by an intelligence officer who died in 1989 under highly suspicious circumstances. Before you can say "hot property," the London agent is murdered by two fake cops; the New York bookshop owner who came upon the manuscript is also violently offed; and Peter Ashton-a top SIS officer regarded by his enemies as a loose cannon and by his admirers as a brilliant field agent perhaps unsuited to a desk job-is put in charge. Ashton's wife not only has to help him protect the beautiful young American literary agent who was first offered the memoir but also has to cope with increasing suspicions that Jill Sheridan, Ashton's old flame who was well on her way to becoming head of SIS until she was forced to resign, is somehow behind all the book-related bloodshed. Egleton uses his obvious insider knowledge of intelligence antics to keep his story moving along briskly. Agent, Phyllis Westberg. (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843953326
  • Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Series: Charnwood Large Print Ser.
  • Pages: 480

Meet the Author

Clive Egleton has extensive personal experience in the intelligence and counter-intelligence fields and is widely regarded as one of the finest writers of the espionage thriller in its classic form. He is the author of thirty novels, most recently Cry Havoc. He lives on the Isle of Wight.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    great espionage thriller

    The Secret Intelligence Office (SIS) is quite incensed that deceased Captain Ross Frazer, apparently wrote an ¿autobiographical fictionalized¿ account of his memoirs as a political assassin. Questions surround this potentially embarrassing manuscript; was Frazer an SIS agent now dead and, if yes, why wasn¿t his manuscript turned into the Firm for classified review and what to about the not so veil characterizations? SIS Agent Will Landon investigates the book and Frazer, who died nine years ago when a truck ran him over. Meanwhile the London based literary agent working on the manuscript George Ventris is visited and threatened by two cops, Detective Constable Leach and Sergeant Nicholson. Not long afterward, Ventris is murdered and his copy of the Frazer novel stolen. In New York someone kills part-time literary agent and bookstore owner Amalie Cazelet, who sent the manuscript to Ventris. Realizing there is more to this case than a simple autobiography; SIS Assistant Director Peter Ashton enters the inquiries.----- The latest Peter Ashton espionage thriller continues the post Soviet adventures with a terrific tale that is as much a police procedural as it is a spy story. The fabulous ASSASSINATION DAY is a bit different from its tremendous predecessors as Ashton plays more of a background support role for much of the novel. The story line contains the usual flawed heroes struggling to adapt in an ever changing world and red herrings that leave readers wondering (outside of Ashton and Landon) who is the good guys and who are the villains. Clive Egleton furbishes another triumphant novel that displays why he is amongst the best at the modern day espionage thriller.----- Harriet Klausner

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