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"Let's face it, Alex: you were the KGB's top assassin, and they paid you off. Just as we might. A cushy lieutenant-colonelcy in Tokyo, riding pour le sport, a yacht, your pick of Eurasian dolls... Like? We can do you better in the USA, Alex--come on over, and bring your secrets with you."
That was FACE's pitch to the would-be defector, and it got results. Witness one hell of a nice courier slashed and dumped in a Tokyo alley.
Maybe Agent Pete Brook could make jolly Alex's dream come true. Except what did Krylov really long for in America: wine, women, and song or a dramatic return to the murderer's trade?
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By Henry Maicki II on 07-31-17
1968 Spy and Espionage Mystery
When I think of Ellery Queen, it is always with the young detective and his police inspector father; this novel is far from that. This reading is more of the classic 1960's espionage novels, and I kept reflecting on the 2015 movie Bridge of Spies.
Having said all that, if you enjoy classic espionage mysteries, this is one for you.