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The Infant of Prague (A November Man Novel)

The Infant of Prague (A November Man Novel)

by Bill Granger

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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 - 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

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