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Quiller (Quiller #11)

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  175 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Secret agent Quiller is back in this heart-stopping spy thriller. Quiller must work against his own instincts to save a world on the verge of disaster. From behind the Iron Curtain, in a city where he has no place to hide, he must trust a woman who cannot be trusted and rescue a man he would rather kill to complete a mission that will affect relations between the United St ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 356 pages
Published December 1st 1985 by Jove (first published 1985)
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I think I read one of these Adam Hall (Elleston Trevor's pen name) Quiller books years ago and wasn't really that impressed, but things (and tastes) change. When this one was recommended to me as being 'better than Ian Fleming' I thought I would give it a second chance. Unfortunately, I now remember why - generally speaking - I don't really read spy novels.

Written and set during the mid 80s, this is the time of the Cold War, when the Iron Curtain was still up and when the Iron lady (Margaret Tha
One of the grimmest, tensest Quiller novels out of the series as Quiller is sent into Russia to extract a souble agent...only to find that there's more to the mission than he's been told. The Quiller books were an influence on my own writing, and while the final entries in the series slip a bit, the books generally still hold up completely on a decades-later rereading.
Each of Quiller's missions redefines "impossible."

Up until this volume, each of the books had a unique title. This is the first one that uses the character's. Mme. Since one if the earlier books contains quite a screed about why they aren't named Quiller this and Quiller that, I have to assume that the publisher's marketing department simply took control of the titling.
3.5 stars. Enjoyable, page turning action as well as insight into the mind of the spy well beyond stone cold stereotypes. Rambling sentences and abrupt transitions sometimes used. I would like to read more of this series.
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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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