Cobra Trap

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Each short story in this final installment of the Modesty Blaise series details a different, thrilling tale of international intrigue starring Modesty and her loyal deputy, Willie Garvin. From Modesty’s early days running The Network to her later work with Sir Gerald Tarrant in British Intelligence, each escapade is more rousing than the next, including the title story that brings Modesty face to face with the toughest assignment of her career—the daring rescue of her friends from the clutches of rebels in the ...

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Overview

Each short story in this final installment of the Modesty Blaise series details a different, thrilling tale of international intrigue starring Modesty and her loyal deputy, Willie Garvin. From Modesty’s early days running The Network to her later work with Sir Gerald Tarrant in British Intelligence, each escapade is more rousing than the next, including the title story that brings Modesty face to face with the toughest assignment of her career—the daring rescue of her friends from the clutches of rebels in the jungles of Central America.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The finest escapist thrillers ever written."  —The Times

"Before Buffy, before Charlie's Angels, before Purdy and Emma Peel there was Modesty Blaise."  —The Observer

"The Modesty Blaise [titles] are seminal British crime novels and a high-point of popular fiction."  —Crime Time

Publishers Weekly
Emphasisng hand-to-hand combat over automatic weapons, the octogenarian author still dazzles with exciting action, surprising twists and refreshing humor.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
It's taken five years for this 13th and final Modesty Blaise cult classic to reach American shores, and fans who have followed the action-packed exploits of the lethal crime-fighting team of femme fatale Blaise and her knife-wielding partner, Willie Garvin, will not be disappointed with this collection of five short stories. O'Donnell's immensely satisfying farewell to the team (which originated in a 1963 comic strip and the 1965 novel Modesty Blaise) spans Modesty's entire career, thus serving as a fitting introduction to newcomers and satisfying retrospective for fans. "The Bellman" finds Modesty and Willie being hunted on a deserted island by three assassins. In "The Dark Angels," the two protect an oilman from a team of acrobatic killers. "Old Alex," a direct sequel to the novel Dead Man's Handle, mixes an amnesia tale with a fight to the death with the industrial spy group Salamander Four. "The Girl with the Black Balloon" is a devilishly clever kidnapping/rescue caper. And the final, title story features a 52-year-old Modesty, long retired but back in action to save friends from a South American uprising. Often called a female James Bond and certainly the first of the breed Modesty never lapses into self-parody and her illegal capers are governed by a moral code never crossed. Emphasizing hand-to-hand combat over automatic weapons, the octogenarian author still dazzles with exciting action, surprising twists and refreshing humor. His heroine will be missed (until her adventures are brought back into print). (May) FYI: O'Donnell will retire the 38-year-old daily comic strip on April 11, his 81st birthday. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Published in 1996 and 1969, respectively, these are two outings in the author's popular Modesty Blaise adventures. Taste for Death is a full-length novel, while Cobra Trap collects five Blaise shorts. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780285637665
  • Publisher: Souvenir Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Series: Modesty Blaise series
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 823,264
  • Product dimensions: 7.75 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter O’Donnell created Modesty Blaise as a strip cartoon that was syndicated in more than 42 countries. The strip led to a series of novels about Modesty and her faithful lieutenant, Willie Garvin.

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Table of Contents

Bellman 7
The Dark Angels 65
Old Alex 113
The Girl with the Black Balloon 175
Cobra Trap 229
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2010

    Cobra Trap - wonderful finish

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, the last book in the Modesty Blaise series. The five stories within perfectly displayed the ingenuity of Modesty and her partner, Willie Garvin, but what I particularly loved was the last one, the title story. Without giving anything away, I can only say that it was a truly appropriate sendoff.

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