By Len Deighton
An unnamed undercover agent - might be an identical reluctant hero of The Ipcress dossier - is shipped to Paris to bring a dossier of nuclear secrets and techniques to a French health professional, yet quickly reveals himself sucked right into a twilight global of intercourse, blackmail and hidden purpose, the place good friend and enemy develop into indistinguishable.
A 'clinic' on Paris's street Foch designed to cater lavishly for a number of perversions, staffed through a bunch of sexually and intellectually high-powered ladies and outfitted with units starting from an Iron Maiden to psychedelic truth-drugs -- that's the set-up operated via the enigmatic Monsieur Datt.
Naturally, it has a hidden function: to bring together dossiers of tape and movie on influential political consumers from East and West. Into this twilight international of decadence and hidden factors come the brokers of 4 global powers.
Are they after Datt's pornographic blackmail dossiers? Or is their objective altogether extra lethal than a visit to the blue movies...?
This new reissue features a foreword from the canopy clothier, Oscar-winning filmmaker Arnold Schwartzman, and a new creation via Len Deighton, which bargains a desirable perception into the writing of the tale.
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He had been physically and emotionally abused, and had been made an orphan a year ago by the murder of his mother and the suicide of his father, a deputy sheriff. Just hours before his father’s suicide, Dennis had stabbed a class-mate, a little boy who had been his only friend. The boy, Cody Roache, had survived. It remained to be seen if Dennis would survive to live any kind of life. Vince said no. In his experience, children as broken as Dennis Farman were beyond fixing. Anne wanted to hope that wasn’t true.
One of the stranger side effects was the sudden heightening of senses. Sometimes his vision would become so acute, color so saturated, the light so bright, his eyeballs would ache. Sometimes the smallest sounds would be so amplified in his head he would cringe. Sometimes—now—his sense of smell became so sensitive, every molecule of scent seemed swollen, so full he could literally taste them. It wasn’t the visual that got to him today. It was the smell. Like any dead creature, the body of Marissa Fordham had begun its inglorious process of decomposition.
My condolences on your loss,” Vince offered softly. “I assume Ms. ” “Yes,” Zahn said. ” Mendez asked. He stood, leaning back against a post, his arms crossed. Too blunt, Vince thought. This was where his protégé lacked finesse. Zahn was already nervous. He almost flinched at the tone of the detective’s voice. “I wasn’t doing anything wrong,” Zahn said. “Marissa is always up early. ” Vince asked. “As long as she’s been here. As long as I’ve been here. ” he asked, as if Vince would know. “Maybe you can help us then, Mr.