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Patrick Hyde, hero of Craig Thomas's earlier novels, A Hooded Crow and The Last Raven, owes his life to British secret agent Philip Cass, and Secret Intelligence Director-General Peter Shelley cleverly uses that card to coax a reluctant Hyde out of retirement for a special mission. It seems that Cass is being held by Indian authorities for the brutal murder of his mistress, the movie-star wife of the Indian prime minister, V.K. Sharmar. Complicating the situation, Sharmar was an Oxford classmate of Shelley's and ...
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Patrick Hyde, hero of Craig Thomas's earlier novels, A Hooded Crow and The Last Raven, owes his life to British secret agent Philip Cass, and Secret Intelligence Director-General Peter Shelley cleverly uses that card to coax a reluctant Hyde out of retirement for a special mission. It seems that Cass is being held by Indian authorities for the brutal murder of his mistress, the movie-star wife of the Indian prime minister, V.K. Sharmar. Complicating the situation, Sharmar was an Oxford classmate of Shelley's and is a "good friend" of the British government. The case against Cass appears to be airtight; he was found at the scene of the murder, next to the body, covered with blood. Cass has proclaimed his innocence, but even the British authorities in Delhi have washed their hands of him. Peter Shelley, however, wants to be sure and persuades Hyde to go and talk to Cass and report back. Posing as a relative of Cass, Hyde leaves for India with his Australian lover, Ros, going along as part of his cover.

In the tradition of his bestselling thrillers A Hooded Crow and The Last Raven, Craig Thomas delivers another electrifying novel of espionage and suspense. When the cinema-star wife of India's Prime Minister is found murdered, British secret agent Philip Cass--her lover and now the prime suspect--must uncover the truth.

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Spy novels have a time-honored formula: plunk the hero down in a foreign country, compromise his cover immediately, then get him the hell out. Thomas's latest (after A Hood Crow ) is one of those top-notch examples that make you forget the formula even as they adhere to it. Brisk action, gripping suspense and a cynical look at international politics mark this latest adventure of British secret agent Patrick Hyde, called out of retirement by Peter Shelley, the new Director General of the Secret Intelligence Service, to run an errand in India. One of Shelley's operatives, Philip Cass, is accused of murdering his lover, the wife of V. K. Sharmar, a government minister who is next in line to be prime minister of India. Sharmar, a former classmate of Shelley's and a ``friend'' of Her Majesty's government, has framed Cass for the killing because the agent has uncovered evidence that the politician is a heroin smuggler. When the current prime minister dies, Sharmar's prominence increases and Cass's tenuous ties to the SIS home office are weakened. Cass has become an embarrassment to the British government and Hyde is ordered to eliminate the problem. But Hyde is not about to let the man who once saved his life languish in jail, or be ``shot trying to escape.'' The action begins almost immediately, the pace never flags and Thomas's prose is direct and unobtrusive: no flab, no filler, all muscle. (June)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780786200139
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/1993
  • Pages: 595
  • Product dimensions: 5.85 (w) x 8.77 (h) x 1.24 (d)

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