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Blood Money
     

Blood Money

by Clive Egleton, Egleton
 

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British Intelligence operative Peter Ashton returns from an assignment to find that a safehouse has been the site of incredible carnage--with three agents murdered and one missing--along with the man they were guarding. And Peter's wife--who discovered the bodies--may be next on the hit list.

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British Intelligence operative Peter Ashton returns from an assignment to find that a safehouse has been the site of incredible carnage--with three agents murdered and one missing--along with the man they were guarding. And Peter's wife--who discovered the bodies--may be next on the hit list.

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David Murray
Great fun fron an accomplished yarn spinner. -- NY Times Book Review
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The latest in Egleton's Peter Ashton series (A Lethal Involvement, etc.) about hugger-mugger in and around Britain's SIS is rich in character and energetically plotted, quick-cutting back and forth between England, Russia, Finland and America. In the jolting beginning, a British Intelligence safe house is blown in a big way: three agents are slaughtered and one disappears--along with a Cuban-American informant. Ashton's wife, Harriet, finds the bodies and is briefly a suspect, as are many others: Muslim extremists, Moscow Mafiozniki, Cuban drug dealers and a few plain nasty crooks. Readers will recognize some old favorites: the SIS chief right out of P.G. Wodehouse; Peter's steely ex-lover, determined to become the first female head of SIS; Peter's past and current nemesis, a brutal ex-KGB general; the stuffy Admin mandarin known as "the officer in charge of paperclips." Sometimes the intramural maneuvering is as much fun as the outside action. Egleton's dry powers of observation are as effective in describing the Director General's posh office as evoking a hole-in-the-wall beauty parlor. The plotting feels like a combination of John le Carre and Elmore Leonard: a bit over the top, maybe, but compulsive, propulsive reading nonetheless. (Aug.)
Kirkus Reviews
British Intelligence operative Peter Ashton returns in Egleton's ("Warning Shot", 1997) 27th high-tech, fact-laden international thriller filled with credible and complex characters in steady, steel-plated sentences. Three SIS agents have been murdered in a safe house when Ashton returns from Washington to find his wife Harriet deep into the police investigation of the triple murder (which she discovered). Ashton, who's been sent to Russia once too often, is no longer with SIS and works for the DG only on a freelance basis from time to time. Clearly, Ashton realizes, Harriet, who still works for SIS, is next on the killers' hit list. To protect his wife, Ashton joins the search for them, although SIS itself is undergoing earthquakes in its upper management and seems almost fatally disrupted. As for the slayings, are Cuban gangsters the culprits? Or perhaps Islamic terrorists? Meanwhile, a very strong lead goes straight to Ashton's fabulous old enemy Pavel Treliser, chief of Russian Intelligence. Egleton, with extensive personal experience in the intelligence field, knows firsthand the bureaucratic infighting of which he writes, and has a whole tin of red herrings here to help him out. Edgy, indeed paranoid spy stuff.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312185404
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
06/28/1998
Series:
Peter Ashton Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
5.81(w) x 8.54(h) x 1.15(d)

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