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The Peking Target (Quiller #10)

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In Peking ("Pekin" in British usage) the crowds gather for the funeral of the Chinese Premier. Quiller reports it: "The British delegates formed a short line along the side of the catafalque as their leader placed the Queen's wreath carefully against it; then suddenly the sky was filled with flowers and the bloodied body of the Secretary of State was hurled against me by t ...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published January 1st 1982 by Playboy Pr (first published October 29th 1981)
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Quiller gets pushed into a dangerous mission following the death of another agent without adequate preparation and becomes a target himself immediately. (One of attacks, a car chase in Seoul and its followup in the Han River is one of the best chases in spy literature. Another attack-and-escape sequence that takes place outside a surrounded building is equally good.) The mission's task—to penetrate a group that has killed two Western leaders— takes him from Peking to Seoul to western China, and ...more
I remember reading this on publication, and having to take breaks because of the breakneck pace and the tension of the story. This time out I spent as much contiguous time reading ss possible. I think that what makes these novels so darn good is that Quiller's ability to get out of impossible situations is entirely probable.
Read this thriller again after a long time. It is a classic Quiller, all the elements of an almost failed mission turned around by a grouchy but brilliant agent. Written under the pen name of Adam Hall, it was fun to get in touch with Quiller again.
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Author also wrote as Elleston Trevor.

Author Trevor Dudley-Smith was born in Kent, England on February 17, 1920. He attended Yardley Court Preparatory School and Sevenoaks School. During World War II, he served in the Royal Air Force as a flight engineer. After the war, he started writing full-time. He lived in Spain and France before moving to the United States and settling in Phoenix, Arizona. In
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