Only with a Bargepole

Only with a Bargepole

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Eddie Brown is confused. He knows he is debonair, suave, cultured, intelligent and fatally attractive to women. Why, then, does Life keep coming apart in his hands? For reasons which the government is not yet prepared to disclose, Eddie a€“ ex-schoolmaster and fluent Russian linguist a€“ is a member of the Special Overseas Directorate. Known to initiates as the S.O.D., this is an organisation specialising in industrial espionage and it is, incidentally, on Our Side. Spying is a very nerve-wracking business and when Eddie is entrusted with a perfectly simple courier job, he does rather tend to see sinister figures lurking under every bed. He responds in a typically Eddie way, using his initiative in situations where a modicum of elementary horse-sense might have been more appropriate. Before he knows whata€™s happening, his primary mission of delivery a small parcel to an address in Vienna sinks without trace and Eddie finds himself flashing around Europe, hopelessly in league with a gang of kidnappers. The kidnappersa€™ victim is Miss Muriel Drom, the daughter of Eddiea€™s boss at S.O.D. At first Miss Drom is strangely resistant to Eddiea€™s charisma but eventually as they get to know one another and face death side by side, her attitude undergoes a mysterious change. Finally . . . Well, everybody loves a happy ending, dona€™t they?West Hartlepool Joe certainly ran a slick operation. He must have had connections everywhere. The timing was beautiful and all the various operations were carried out quietly and without fuss. We could have done with somebody of hisanbsp;...

Title:Only with a Bargepole
Author: Joyce Porter
Publisher:Pan Macmillan - 2013-07-04

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