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 better in the U.S.A., Alex
- come on over, and bring your secrets with you...
The last gasps of the ghosted Queens were exhaled by Lancer Books, a much
smaller and less prestigious paperback publisher that took over the package
more or less where Popular Library had left off, only without any further
Tim Corrigan exploits. Not that the characters in the Lancer entries were
any improvement. (Nevins)
Continuing the title format of the Tim Corrigan series, the hero, Peter Brook, agent for an agency known as FACE, is an unsubtle copy of all the popular super spy clones from the heyday of the early James Bond films (with organisations like SPECTRE & SMERSH) and TV series like The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Brook, impervious to torture and irresistible to women like any other secret agent of his race, is ordered to Tokyo to help stage the defection of KGB agents. There he has to deal with the usual mix of murder, pursuit, pain, bureaucratic double-dealing and fun in bed. Our side plays rough, but their side much rougher still in this professionally plotted, lackluster readable adventure written by Walt Sheldon (1917-1996), a specialist in paperback thrillers with Asian settings. (Nevins)
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