The Venetian Affair
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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...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 12th 1985 by Fawcett (first published 1963)
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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,...more
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
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.
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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.
re-read 6/17/2010
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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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