Quiller Balalaika

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It's Quiller's most dangerous mission yet, and is also his last for the British intelligence agency so secret that it has no name. No matter that its orders originate at the Prime Minister level; if detected, it would be denied at that and every other level of the government. Quiller's orders this time take the pseudonymous operative to post–Cold War Russia to infiltrate the powerful and omnipresent mafiya that controls every sector and ruble of the country's fragile economy. More ruthless than the Sicilian ...

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It's Quiller's most dangerous mission yet, and is also his last for the British intelligence agency so secret that it has no name. No matter that its orders originate at the Prime Minister level; if detected, it would be denied at that and every other level of the government. Quiller's orders this time take the pseudonymous operative to post–Cold War Russia to infiltrate the powerful and omnipresent mafiya that controls every sector and ruble of the country's fragile economy. More ruthless than the Sicilian brotherhood and as conscienceless as the Colombian drug cartels, the mafiya owns top politicians, judges, generals, bankers, and the police. Those it doesn't own it can buy, and those it doesn't choose to buy, it eliminates. Chief among the lawless mafiya lords stands a criminally brilliant British national, whom the agency wants taken out of play. Quiller learns that the one man who can help him achieve his goal is impounded in Gulank, the most infamous of all the gulags. Quiller must sneak his way into Gulank, and from a gulag that no prisoner has ever escaped, rescue the only person who can save his last, internationally vital mission.

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Publishers Weekly
First published in the U.K. in 1995, shortly after the pseudonymous Hall's death from cancer, the 19th book about the British secret agent known only as Quiller, set in Boris Yeltsin's Russia, contains the same reliably exciting mixture of the exotic, the erotic and especially the dangerous as its best-selling predecessors. Hall was a smooth and accomplished craftsman who could set up an action scene with a few deft strokes and then pay it off without a wasted word. Authors of some of today's bloated thrillers could learn a lot from this book's opening pages, as an extremely reluctant Quiller finds himself being coerced into taking on a British-born criminal, Basil Seckes (aka Vasyl Sakkas), who has risen to head up the Russian mafia. Slipping into a notorious Siberian labor camp to rescue the one person with the key to a mission code-named Balalaika provides Quiller's ultimate challenge. Wonderful touches abound, from fighting techniques and the internal politics of Quiller's ultrasecret outfit to the way a small mistake (using a literal Russian translation of an American phrase, "Don't miss this great opportunity") puts Quiller in great peril. Eight years doesn't seem like such a long time, but this last Quiller outing sadly reminds us of how far we've come from a golden age of adventure fiction. (Dec. 4) FYI: Edgar-winner Hall (whose real name was Elleston Trevor) turned out dozens of other genre titles under a range of pseudonyms, including Mansell Black, Trevor Burgress and Trevor Dudley-Smith. Why it took eight years for this book to be published in the U.S. is a real mystery. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Superspy Quiller's 19th and final appearance, which sets him against the most evil man in Russia, might have come out of a time capsule. And in a sense it did, since this yarn, finished shortly before Hall's death in 1995 and published in the UK the following year, makes its first US appearance only now. The franchise may be showing its age-the old Soviet Union's back broken, Russia is hanging in the balance between Yeltsin and Zhirinovsky-but Quiller himself is no more world-weary than he was in the adventures that stretched from The Quiller Memorandum (1966) to Quiller Salamander (1994). And his reputation precedes him. Croder, the Chief of Signals who briefs him in-country, knows he's the only agent with a prayer of bringing down Mafiya kingpin Vasyl Sakkas, who's been dealing body blows to the nation's infant free-market economy, in what looks like a suicide mission. When Quiller asks, "What toys will I get?," he doesn't mean the custom suits, the Barclay gold card, the Heckler and Koch P7, the million dollars; he's asking who'll run him in the field. And the answer comes up trumps: premier field director Ferris will be pulled off another op, and legendary Croder himself will supervise. But as Quiller inches his way toward Sakkas by means of Vishinsky, a midlevel Mafiyosa called the Cobra, and Natalya Anatova, a prima ballerina with the Bolshoi, his handlers begin to back away from the operation, and when they threaten to shut it down, Quiller threatens to go to ground to get the goods, or the drop, on Vasyl Sakkas by himself. If the ending seems a bit abrupt after all the complications, a pair of affecting codas explains why. Now that James Bond has been turned over to thespecial-effects department, Quiller's last testament, more than any sign short of le Carré's adieux, marks the passing of an era.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786712656
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/25/2003
  • Series: Otto Penzler Books Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.98 (d)

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