Venus with Pistol

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'Mr Kemp - I believe you smuggle art? I have a little proposition...'

It seemed like money for old rope. All Kemp had to do was arrange the smooth transportation of the works of art his wealthy patron was secretly buying on behalf of the Nicaraguan government across the frontier into Switzerland. And anything was preferable to London in January.

It started to go badly wrong when he woke up in a Zurich park with a bump the size of a burial mound on his head, minus the priceless ...

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Overview

'Mr Kemp - I believe you smuggle art? I have a little proposition...'

It seemed like money for old rope. All Kemp had to do was arrange the smooth transportation of the works of art his wealthy patron was secretly buying on behalf of the Nicaraguan government across the frontier into Switzerland. And anything was preferable to London in January.

It started to go badly wrong when he woke up in a Zurich park with a bump the size of a burial mound on his head, minus the priceless Cezanne he'd been carrying. The very next day he ran into Harry Burroughs at the airport. Kemp suspected it wasn't just coincidence.

For Burroughs was a fine-art dealer, and an even finer crook. If he was mixed up in all this, Kemp knew that from now on he would have to earn his money - the hard way...

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Peter Parley of Spectator offers "all praise" for Venus with Pistol, Lyall's fifth novel, and recommends it "for those with a thirst for the find in the attic and a bottle of scotch in the third drawer down." Maurice Prior of Books comments that while the theme is "not . . . outrageously original," Lyall possesses a "nice lucid smooth style." Prior further notes that "any thinness in story- content" is offset by "effortless and studious" narration and concludes that Venus with Pistol, with Lyall's "inimitable stamp," is "cogent, neatly devised, with nicely- contrived denouement."
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Meet the Author

Gavin Lyall (1932-2003) lived in Hampstead and enjoyed sailing on the Thames in his motor cruiser. From 1959 to 1962 he was a newspaper reporter and the aviation correspondent for the Sunday Times. His first novel, The Wrong Side of the Sky, was published in 1961, drawing from his personal experiences in the Libyan Desert and in Greece. Lyall left journalism in 1963 to become a full-time author, writing 17 novels before his death in 2003.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Action suspense

    He seems to be trying for an Ian Fleming outing Not his best but if you like jack higgens earlier stuff or Walter Wager then this will be good.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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