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They Deal in Death
Mystery / spy / espionage novel set in New York City that "deals with a brand new kind of sabotage and Nazi villainy: the traffic in industrial diamonds, those tiny uncut gems which build the world's tools of war". Hubin [1984 Crime Fiction, page 391].
Hardcover, 368 pages
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WWII espionage novel with a fast pace and gritty detail. from the involvement of women in patriotic security, the doubts and fears about nazi germany (1942), factory floors, sewers, and in particular industrial diamonds, the research is well done and helps to pace the seat's-edge cat-and-mouse sequences.
Under his own name and the pseudonyms "Robert Kyle" and "John Gonzalez," Robert Terrall wrote many popular and well-reviewed crime novels, including the prescient 1948 classic A Killer Is Loose Among Us, about a biological weapons lab developing weaponized anthrax for use in a terrorist attack. He is best known, however, for his comic work, including the Ben Gates series that began with Blackmail, ...moreMore about Robert Terrall...