By Len Deighton
An unnamed undercover agent - might be an analogous reluctant hero of The Ipcress dossier - is distributed to Paris to carry a dossier of nuclear secrets and techniques to a French healthcare professional, yet quickly unearths himself sucked right into a twilight international of intercourse, blackmail and hidden cause, the place good friend and enemy develop into indistinguishable.
A 'clinic' on Paris's road Foch designed to cater lavishly for a number of perversions, staffed by way of 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 through the enigmatic Monsieur Datt.
Naturally, it has a hidden function: 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 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 incorporates a foreword from the canopy clothier, Oscar-winning filmmaker Arnold Schwartzman, and a new advent via Len Deighton, which bargains a desirable perception into the writing of the tale.
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An Expensive Place to Die (Harry Palmer, Book 5) by Len Deighton