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At the height of the Cold War, two Americans are runnng a bar in the West German capital, called Mac's place. One of the pair, Michael Padillo, isn't around a lot; he keeps disappearing on "business trips." McCorkle, his partner, wisely doesn't ask questions; he knows Padillo has a second job — he's a (reluctant) US agent. But McCorkle is ready to answer a call for help from Padillo, and he joins his friend in a blind journey with no inkling of what they will encounter at the turn of each dark and dangerous ...

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Overview

At the height of the Cold War, two Americans are runnng a bar in the West German capital, called Mac's place. One of the pair, Michael Padillo, isn't around a lot; he keeps disappearing on "business trips." McCorkle, his partner, wisely doesn't ask questions; he knows Padillo has a second job — he's a (reluctant) US agent. But McCorkle is ready to answer a call for help from Padillo, and he joins his friend in a blind journey with no inkling of what they will encounter at the turn of each dark and dangerous corner.

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Released in 1966 and 1970, respectively, these are Thomas's signature espionage thrillers. Set in Germany, The Cold War Snap follows friends Mike Padillo and Mac McCorkle, a spy and a saloon owner by trade. When Mike's assignment to bring back defectors goes awry, Mac comes to his aid. The Fools moves to the American South, where protagonist Lucifer Dye puts together a team, including a corrupt police chief, an ex-call girl, and a handful of other nasties, to wreak havoc in a small town. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312315818
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/16/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 844,009
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Ross Thomas is ranked as one of the very top thriller writers by his fellow authors, and his readers loudly agree. Two Edgar Awards, and other prizes, only complement the abundant praise that Thomas has received.

Thomas died in 1995, and since then all but one of his twenty-five novels have gone out of print. This should never have happened to the man of whom The New Yorker has said "Very few...are as consistently entertaining...even fewer can match him for style and power." Minotaur is proud to remedy this situation by reissuing Thomas's novels. So start reading, and prepare to join Ross Thomas's legions of admiring fans.

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