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The Venetian Affair

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A game of espionage ...

Fenner burned Rosenfeld's message, reminding himself wryly that he was behaving in the very best tradition. This was a game not too difficult to learn, he thought. A game? A game in deadly earnest. A vacation in Venice that was grim business. A girl constantly beside him who wasn't his. How the hell had he walked into this upside-down world? Where, h
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 12th 1985 by Fawcett (first published 1963)
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Another well written book about how well the enemies of freedom skillfully work at undermining the peoples' trust in the American government and principles which we have historically held to among our own people and the world. They do not care for truth, they do not care for freedom, and they hold no regard at all for the lives of anyone except themselves.
Even though this was written in the early 1960s, I feel the ideas about manipulating public opinion through carefully manufactured "evidence"
Jeff Crosby
I was very pleased when the Helen MacInnes novels began to appear as ebooks in 2013. I marked over half of them as books I wanted to re-read.

I discovered Helen MacInnes when I read the paperback of Snare of the Hunter in 1975, and I was hooked. Reading at least seven more of her novels that year, including The Venetian Affair.

I needed something different this weekend, and found Venetian Affair in my Kindle stash. So here I am, 40 year later, reading one of my favorite espionage authors. I had fo
The Venetian Affair begins with a secret meeting between two men plotting, and then shifts to the main character, an American journalist, who gets involved with the spies by accident, but becomes more deeply committed as the story unfolds. Fenner has an interesting back story, with a troublesome ex-wife. Eager to put the past behind him and concentrate on the graceful, grey-eyed girl with the white gloves that he keeps encountering, Fenner nevertheless keeps finding himself being set up with peo ...more
There is no synopsis online for this book…it was published in 1963. I’ve also owned it for a while (but not since 1963). I think I picked it up at a local library about 5 years ago. It was on the sidewalk in a box full of books marked FREE. What can I say?...I’m a sucker for free books.
Basically this is a government espionage story set in during the Cold War with a little romance thrown in.
It took me a couple of chapters to get into it. However, once I got into it, I read it in three days. Okay,
Helen MacInness wrote a number of espionage novels during her career. The enemy changed according to the times. During the Cold War the Communists are clearly the bad guys and anyone who listens to them are dupes. Her books from the 1940s had the Nazis as the villains and her books from the 1970s used terrorists.
I have held onto my paperback copies of a lot of her books and re-read them periodically, because the plot and the action hold my attention even when I'm cringing at the McCarthyite tone
Trish Perkins
I don't think it is dated. It is a book about a different time in history. A historical spy novel and a well-done one at that. I got into it and couldn't stop. It is brilliantly plotted, human, and makes one wish for a time when we were still the good guys.
Another solid spy thriller from Helen MacInnes. I always feel like she should be more known today, since her books hold up better than you'd perhaps expect.
This makes an amazing starting place for the shamefully overlooked novels of a terrific writer.
Time for some fast paced Cold War-travelogue-romance fiction! MacInnes gives us enough interior landscape of the characters - their inner dialogue with themselves - to make the people sympathetic to us. The extremely thorough descriptions of Venice were a little too thorough - every canal and alley and crumbling building! It did, however, bring back memories of a brief and unpleasant visit I made to Venice, once, which made the setting all the more threatening. The Cold War plot, written by a wo ...more
I discovered Helen MacInnes many years ago. I am so glad that I rediscovered her books on the shelf at my local public library.
her books are fast paced, suspenseful and packed with European scenery; at the same time, they are a bit formulaic and with some romantic sappiness
Solid "analog" spy novel, set and written in 1963; occasionally a bit mechanical but brisk, slick, and authoritative.
You will find this one somewhat dated, but it was an excellent thriller/mystery. Helen MacInnes was an author who could really keep the suspense going, without vicarious violence.
Aug 19, 2007 Ellen added it
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So cheesy! I read it at the beach. One character actually thinks about another one, "You're as pretty a piece of honey cake as I've ever seen." Honey cake!
Loved this political thriller. More thought, less action than the usual. Also intriguing since written before the cuban missile crisis, etc.
Always enjoy MacInnes. Just enough romance. but mainly a Cold War spy story - with one of her fascinating settings
from a friend; dated - espionage. still, it was interesting to see the cold war from a European perspective.
Geo Forman
after two recommendations of Helen Macinnes in one week, how could I not pick up one of her books?
Teresa D
An intense fast paced thriller. Good read.
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Helen MacInnes was a Scottish-American author of espionage novels. She graduated from the University of Glasgow in Scotland in 1928 with a degree in French and German. A librarian, she married Professor Gilbert Highet in 1932 and moved with her husband to New York in 1937 so he could teach classics at Columbia University. She wrote her first novel, Above Suspicion, in 1939. She wrote many bestsell ...more
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