An Expensive Place to Die (Harry Palmer, Book 5) by Len Deighton

By Len Deighton

An unnamed undercover agent - might be an analogous reluctant hero of The Ipcress dossier - is distributed to Paris to bring a dossier of nuclear secrets and techniques to a French health practitioner, yet quickly unearths himself sucked right into a twilight international of intercourse, blackmail and hidden rationale, the place good friend and enemy turn into indistinguishable.

A 'clinic' on Paris's road Foch designed to cater lavishly for a number of perversions, staffed via a bunch of sexually and intellectually high-powered women and built 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 goal: to bring together dossiers of tape and picture on influential political consumers from East and West. Into this twilight global of decadence and hidden factors come the brokers of 4 international powers.

Are they after Datt's pornographic blackmail dossiers? Or is their function altogether extra lethal than a visit to the blue movies...?

This new reissue features a foreword from the canopy fashion designer, Oscar-winning filmmaker Arnold Schwartzman, and a new advent through Len Deighton, which deals a desirable perception into the writing of the tale.

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A film. Cool. A documentary? " Pellam, Sonny thought. Pellam. Pell-am. He pictured the name and spoke it over and over and over in his mind until, like the top of a column of smoke, it was there but was no longer visible. "At first," she continued, looking at the cowboy's, at Pellam's lean face, "it was like there was nothing wrong, then all of a sudden there were flames everywhere. " She carried a heavy briefcase stamped Ernst & Young in gold and with her free hand twined her short red hair nervously about her index finger.

So, arson was suspected. That would explain the speed of the fire. Ettie nodded uneasily at the men. "Mrs. " the oldest of the men asked. He was in his mid-forties. Thin shoulders and a belly that could use a little shrinking. He wore jeans and wind-breaker and Pellam noticed a very large revolver on his hip. "I'm Fire Marshal Lomax. This is my assistant—" He nodded at a huge young man, bodybuilder. " One of the cops turned to Pellam and asked him to leave. "No, no," Ettie protested, "he's my friend.

Yellow newspaper had replaced one. The other was blocked by a faded box of Post Toasties. Pellam stared at the decrepit building then checked to make sure he had the name right. He did. Send your fax. . He pushed inside. There was no waiting room, just a single large room of an apartment converted into an office. The place was jam-packed with papers, briefs, books, some bulky, antiquated office equipment—a dusty, feeble computer and a fax machine. A hundred law books, some of which were still sealed in their original, yellowing cellophane wrappers.

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