Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Tourist (Mrs. Pollifax Series #13)

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Mrs. Pollifax is on loan to her retired CIA friend, Farrell. Her bag lady act is the first phase of a mission to the Middle East: to smuggle out of Jordan the final manuscript of the dissident Iraqi novelist Dib Assen, who was recently murdered in an Iraqi prison. Allegedly fiction, the script encodes the shocking truth of Saddam Hussein's reign. Allah willing, Farrell is to rendezvous near Amman with a man called Ibrahim, who will deliver the manuscript. All Mrs. P. has to do is look as much like a tourist as ...
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Mrs. Pollifax is on loan to her retired CIA friend, Farrell. Her bag lady act is the first phase of a mission to the Middle East: to smuggle out of Jordan the final manuscript of the dissident Iraqi novelist Dib Assen, who was recently murdered in an Iraqi prison. Allegedly fiction, the script encodes the shocking truth of Saddam Hussein's reign. Allah willing, Farrell is to rendezvous near Amman with a man called Ibrahim, who will deliver the manuscript. All Mrs. P. has to do is look as much like a tourist as possible to deflect suspicion from her "cousin," Farrell. But hardly are the two airborne when the coils of Middle Eastern intrigue begin to unwind. Mrs. Pollifax's seatmate is not the affable Arab businessman he seems and the little carved plaque he secretly stashes in her carry-on bag is not a mere souvenir.
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Spunky Emily Pollifax, the occasional CIA operative last seen in Mrs. Pollifax and the Lion Killer (1996), travels to Jordan with former Company agent John Sebastian Farrell to receive a manuscript smuggled from Iraq, written by an executed dissident Iraqi novelist. As Farrell's cover, Mrs. Pollifax poses as his tourist cousin but immediately is up to her flowered straw hat in intrigue. In Amman, she discovers that her airplane seatmate hid a carving in her luggage that contains a mysterious map and key; then her room is searched. Simultaneously, the CIA learns that notorious Jordanian terrorist Suhair Slaman recently sneaked into and out of the U.S. Was he Emily's seatmate? You bet. Farrell's contact doesn't show up for their scheduled meeting at the Crusader castle at Karak, although Emily does find a dead body there. When their guide, Youseff, and his sister, Hanan, invite them to visit their grandfather, a desert sheik, they're trailed by Jordanian terrorists, the Iraqi secret police and Amman police Inspector Jafer. The climax occurs at an ancient desert fort, where Mrs. Pollifax fells the villains with karate. Whatever they lack in subtlety, the reliably delightful Mrs. Pollifax stories make up for in charming, intelligent characters, brisk action and seductive scenery. Author tour. (Feb.)
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The only thing the CIA's peripatetic den mother has to do this time out (her 13th) is provide cover for her old friend John Sebastian Farrell as he hangs around Amman waiting to smuggle the manuscript of a dead Iraqi dissident's explosive last novel out to the West. But Emily Pollifax has been chosen for another assignment as well: to serve as unwitting courier for a celebrated terrorist's cargo to Jordan. The double duty would be a challenge to anybody else, but Mrs. Pollifax, surrounded by a bevy of enemy agents unfailingly more innocent than she is, dispenses a combination of karate kicks and affecting charm that keep her bobbing atop this weightless, though topical, caper.

Another dainty sip of Old Reliable (Mrs. Pollifax and the Lion Killer, 1996, etc.)—three parts expert tour-guide, one part game intrigue—the whole mixture gently stirred, never shaken.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780788717581
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Series: Mrs. Pollifax Series , #13
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged

Meet the Author

Dorothy Gilman is the author of twelve earlier Mrs. Pollifax novels, including The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax (the series debut), The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax, Mrs. Pollifax Pursued, and Mrs. Pollifax and the Lion Killer.

Ms. Gilman lives in Westport, Connecticut, and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2003

    The early ones were so much better

    I loved the first 5 books of the Mrs. Pollifax series -- right through Palm. I don't think her getting married has been the problem, but clinging to Farrell makes them much less interesting. In the early ones, Mrs. Pollifax would be by herself, assigned to some small duty overseas, and before you know it, she would have organized a band of amateurs, like herself, into achieving a daringly impossible feat. In some of the recent ones, Mrs. Pollifax just seems to be along for the ride. She also seems more serious and worried than she used to be -- nicer when she was just enjoying the sense of wonder at not feeling like commiting suicide! If that can't be achieved, perhaps a return to the nuns or the clairvoyant countess would be nice.

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