Blood Money

Blood Money

by Clive Egleton, Egleton
     
 

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British intelligence operative Peter Ashton returns from an out-of-the-country assignment to discover the office in an uproar. An SIS safehouse in Yorkshire has been the site of incredible carnage - three agents have been savagely murdered and another one is missing, as is the man they were guarding. Equally upsetting for Ashton is that it was his own wife who… See more details below

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British intelligence operative Peter Ashton returns from an out-of-the-country assignment to discover the office in an uproar. An SIS safehouse in Yorkshire has been the site of incredible carnage - three agents have been savagely murdered and another one is missing, as is the man they were guarding. Equally upsetting for Ashton is that it was his own wife who discovered the bodies and "cleaned" the safehouse before notifying the authorities. Now it seems likely that she could be the next one on someone's private hit list. Ashton joins the search for the killers and must sort through a confusing series of leads: one leading to Cuban gangsters, another to Islamic terrorists, and one leading straight to his old nemesis, Russian intelligence chief Pavel Treliser.

Editorial Reviews

David Murray
Great fun fron an accomplished yarn spinner. -- NY Times Book Review
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The latest in Egleton's Peter Ashton series (A Lethal Involvement, etc.) about hugger-mugger in and around Britain's SIS is rich in character and energetically plotted, quick-cutting back and forth between England, Russia, Finland and America. In the jolting beginning, a British Intelligence safe house is blown in a big way: three agents are slaughtered and one disappears--along with a Cuban-American informant. Ashton's wife, Harriet, finds the bodies and is briefly a suspect, as are many others: Muslim extremists, Moscow Mafiozniki, Cuban drug dealers and a few plain nasty crooks. Readers will recognize some old favorites: the SIS chief right out of P.G. Wodehouse; Peter's steely ex-lover, determined to become the first female head of SIS; Peter's past and current nemesis, a brutal ex-KGB general; the stuffy Admin mandarin known as "the officer in charge of paperclips." Sometimes the intramural maneuvering is as much fun as the outside action. Egleton's dry powers of observation are as effective in describing the Director General's posh office as evoking a hole-in-the-wall beauty parlor. The plotting feels like a combination of John le Carre and Elmore Leonard: a bit over the top, maybe, but compulsive, propulsive reading nonetheless. (Aug.)
Kirkus Reviews
British Intelligence operative Peter Ashton returns in Egleton's ("Warning Shot", 1997) 27th high-tech, fact-laden international thriller filled with credible and complex characters in steady, steel-plated sentences. Three SIS agents have been murdered in a safe house when Ashton returns from Washington to find his wife Harriet deep into the police investigation of the triple murder (which she discovered). Ashton, who's been sent to Russia once too often, is no longer with SIS and works for the DG only on a freelance basis from time to time. Clearly, Ashton realizes, Harriet, who still works for SIS, is next on the killers' hit list. To protect his wife, Ashton joins the search for them, although SIS itself is undergoing earthquakes in its upper management and seems almost fatally disrupted. As for the slayings, are Cuban gangsters the culprits? Or perhaps Islamic terrorists? Meanwhile, a very strong lead goes straight to Ashton's fabulous old enemy Pavel Treliser, chief of Russian Intelligence. Egleton, with extensive personal experience in the intelligence field, knows firsthand the bureaucratic infighting of which he writes, and has a whole tin of red herrings here to help him out. Edgy, indeed paranoid spy stuff.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312185404
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
06/28/1998
Series:
Peter Ashton Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
5.81(w) x 8.54(h) x 1.15(d)

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