The Infant of Prague

The Infant of Prague

by Bill Granger
     
 

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In the majestic silence of Chartres cathedral, Deveraux--code name November Man--receives his assignment: help Czechoslovakias' cultural liaison cross over to the West. A hard enough job, even without the added complicatin of an act of God.

For in a humble Chicago parish church, the sacred statue of the Infant of Prague is found weeping real tears. A

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In the majestic silence of Chartres cathedral, Deveraux--code name November Man--receives his assignment: help Czechoslovakias' cultural liaison cross over to the West. A hard enough job, even without the added complicatin of an act of God.

For in a humble Chicago parish church, the sacred statue of the Infant of Prague is found weeping real tears. A visiting Czech child star actress, transfigured by the wondrous event, declares, on live television, her intent to remain in American in the name of Christ and freedom.

Only an operative as cynical and seasoned as the November Man can sense the sinister link between two dramatic, yet apparently unrelated defections. A miracle has plunged him into a vast global adventure. And it will take a miracle to get him through it alive.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The eighth ``November Man'' novel (There Are No Spies et al.) has colorful characters, a wonderfully complex plot, great pace and some nice throwaway humor. Devereaux, semi-retired from the super-secret ``Section,'' is called back to help deliver a Czech defector in Brussels. On the same day the delivery goes horribly awry, Anna Jelinak, a teenage Czech movie star touring the U.S., sees a TV film of a weeping Infant of Prague statue and she defects on a live Chicago newscast. Devereaux is held by his old, sadistic enemy Col. Ready, who plans to sell the defector, a Prague movie entrepreneur who knows ``everything'' about everybody, to the Czechs and Devereaux to the Russians. A thuggish, Mob-connected Hollywood producer, obeying the orders of his boss, a vile TV network chairman, has Anna kidnapped, and Devereaux is forced into a deal to rescue her in exchange for his own and his lover Rita's lives. Movie-making in Prague (as a way to launder Mob money and to deal arms to Afghan rebels), CIA corruption, TV network sleaze and secret family ties are all involved and readers will delight in Granger's deft unraveling of the skeins in this terrific page-turner. (November 17)
Library Journal
Switzerland-based U.S. secret agent Devereaux, the November Man, is given the seemingly simple assignment of escorting a Czech defector through Belgium. Both are kidnapped by his old enemy Colonel Ready and ``sold'' to the Czech secret police. Unfortunately the ``buyer'' is the father of a child movie star who has defected in Chicago. Devereaux is released to get the child, and his girlfriend, Rita, is held hostage to his success. This is a confused and confusing book, which hinges on an arms-smuggling and money-laundering arrangement between the CIA and the corrupt head of a TV network. Knowledge of the characters and events of previous November Man books will help readers' understanding. John North, Ryerson Polytechnical Inst., Toronto

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455530281
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
10/28/2014
Series:
November Man
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
360,163
File size:
740 KB

Meet the Author

An award-winning novelist and reporter, Bill Granger began his literary career in 1979 with Code Name November (first published as The November Man), the book that became an international sensation and introduced the cool American spy who later gave rise to a whole series. His second novel, Public Murders, a Chicago police procedural, won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America in 1981.
In all, Bill Granger published twenty-two novels, including thirteen in the November Man series, and three nonfiction books. His books have been translated into ten languages. He also wrote for the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, Newsday, Time, and The New Republic, contributing articles about crime, cops, politics, and covering such events as the race riots of the late 1960's and the 1968 Democratic Convention. Bill Granger passed away in 2012.

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