Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled (Mrs. Pollifax Series #14)

Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled (Mrs. Pollifax Series #14)

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by Dorothy Gilman
     
 

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After facing down hijackers on a flight to the Middle East and saving the lives of the passengers on board, a young American woman steps off the plane in Damascus in a blaze of celebrity and disappears. The CIA believes Amanda Pym was kidnapped, possibly murdered.

Masquerading as Amanda Pym’s worried aunt, Mrs. Pollifax begins her determined search

Overview

After facing down hijackers on a flight to the Middle East and saving the lives of the passengers on board, a young American woman steps off the plane in Damascus in a blaze of celebrity and disappears. The CIA believes Amanda Pym was kidnapped, possibly murdered.

Masquerading as Amanda Pym’s worried aunt, Mrs. Pollifax begins her determined search, slipping through Damascus’s crooked streets and crowded souks . . . and trekking deep into the desert. Yet she is shadowed by deadly enemies, whose sinister agenda threatens not only Mrs. P. but the fragile stability of the entire Middle East. Only a miracle–or a brilliant counterplot– can forestall a disaster that will send shock waves around the world.

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Mrs. Pollifax will go to any lengths to solve a problem, even down dark Damascus cul-de-sacs. In this quickly twisting mystery, the former CIA agent surprises even herself as she attempts to track down a young American woman in Syria.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345443076
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/31/2000
Series:
Mrs. Pollifax Series , #14
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
47,902
File size:
2 MB

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Mrs. Pollifax was feeling bored and rather left out of life. Cyrus had re-cently accepted an invitation to teach law three days a week at the university; he was hugely enjoying it.

"Damned good to feel so useful again," he'd admitted, and she was glad for him.

She, however, was not feeling particularly useful. She reminded herself that she was still growing prizewinning geraniums, was in excel-lent health, hoped soon to earn her black belt in karate, and remained a faithful member of the
Save Our Environment club. But . . . How spoiled
I am, she thought. For a woman of what was delicately referred to as "of a certain age" she ought to feel fortunate indeed, and yet . . . She realized that she was absentmindedly scratching her left arm from which, not long ago, a bullet had been removed in a Bedouin tent by a man named
Bushaq, and she concluded that what she was experiencing was letdown.

The price one pays, she thought sadly, for venturing out into dangerous worlds for Carstairs and the CIA, only to return to errands at the grocery store and bank, cooking and cleaning, mulch-ing her garden for the winter, and pampering her geraniums.

Across the breakfast table from her, almost hidden behind his newspaper, Cyrus glanced up and saw the gesture toward her arm. "Still hurting?" he asked. "Do wish you'd let Dr. Orton have a look at that." He hesitated, and then,
"Damn good to have you safe at home again,
Em," and as he said this the telephone rang. He put down his cup of coffee, reached across his briefcase and newspaper, and when he answered it she saw his face change. Handing the phone to her he said, "It's Bishop."

"Oh," she said, startled, and concealing her reaction she kept her voice casual. "Bishop, how good to hear from you, are you well?"

Bishop, however, was not interested in polite conversation. He said bluntly, "Have any important plans for this day?"

"No," she said, honestly enough.

"A car will pick you up in forty minutes at your house," he said. "Carstairs wants to talk with you. Oh, and you might bring your pass-port with you, just in case."

And he hung up.

"Emily," said her husband warningly.

"He just wants to talk with me," she told him.

"Hard to believe," growled Cyrus. "You haven't even been home long enough for that arm to heal."

"It's healed," she told him. "It just itches."

He gave her a rueful smile. "I know, I know--I
promised never to interfere, but still I don't like the sound of that call." With a glance at the clock on the wall he added, "And now I've got to go or
I'll miss my first class, but Em--nothing dangerous,
promise?"

He knew, of course, that anything Carstairs might have in mind could be dangerous; after all,
she and Cyrus had met in Zambia under very dangerous circumstances and they had survived by luck and ingenuity. Cyrus had gone with her to Thailand, too, where he'd been snatched away from her by bandits, but she did not think it wise to remind him of this, nor to mention that Bishop had asked her to bring her passport. Instead she said tactfully, with a bright smile, "Barbecued chicken for dinner tonight," and when he had gone she hurried upstairs to dress for her trip to
CIA headquarters.

Meet the Author

Dorothy Gilman is the author of fourteen Mrs. Pollifax novels, including The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax (the series debut), The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax, Mrs. Pollifax Pursued, Mrs. Pollifax and the Lion Killer, and Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Tourist. She is also the author of many novels, among them Thale’s Folly. She lives in Westport, Connecticut.

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Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled (Mrs. Pollifax Series #14) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I found this book to be quite interesting, it was not what I expected. I thought this was supposed to be the conclusion for the Pollifax books but it is left too open-ended to be a real conclusion. The ending leads you to expect future books and the title is misleading. Stephanie Clanahan
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I always enjoy the Pollifax stories. Gilman is a good story teller.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I own all of the Mrs.Polifax books and have to say that though this book was good it doesn't have the same edge of the seat quality.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a serious fan of Dorothy Gilman. I own almost all her books. However, her latest books, including this one, have been somewhat disappointing. The stories seem simpler, and the characters don't seem as real. I'm not saying that this is a bad book. It isn't. But if you aren't familiar with the Mrs. Pollifax books, start with the earlier ones. They're much more interesting.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Emily Pollifax looks like everyone¿s harmless maiden aunt, but in reality, she is one of the CIA¿s top operatives. The resourceful Mrs. Pollifax has risked her life many times while on assignment for her country. Mrs. Pollifax teams up with freelancer John Farrell on an investigation into the disappearance of Amanda Pym in Syria. Ms. Pym was a fifteen-minute media superstar when she allegedly stopped an airplane hijacking from succeeding. Witnesses last saw Amanda enter a vehicle that waited for her at the Damascus Airport.

Farrell and Mrs. Pollifax land in Syria where the government places a tail on the duo. However, they quickly elude their shadow in order to obtain information that provides them with the first clue in their hunt. They soon enter the Syrian Desert where they meet American archeologist Joe Fleming. Joining the two operatives on their quest, Joe and the two spies seek an elusive individual who seems to be undergoing a rigorous training for a mission that has world implications.

Mrs. Pollifax is the international equivalent of Jessica Fletcher. Her latest adventure, MRS. POLLIFAX UNVEILED is filled with warmth and wit that will send readers to seek previous novels in the series. The lead protagonist thrives on adventure and action yet retains calmness during the dangerous storms she encounters. Farrell retains his enigmatic personality that keeps fans wondering about him. The story line flows smoother than silk while keeping the audience¿s attention from start to finish. Although this is a long running series, Dorothy Gillman keeps her tale and its characters as fresh as if they are making their debut. This ability is why readers will want another novel starring Mrs. Pollifax and Farrell.

Harriet Klausner