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The Scorpion Signal (Quiller #9)

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Quiller is older now, embittered, cynical and running on empty. A sorely needed vacation is rudely interrupted with an urgent mission to Moscow.

A reliable British agent, Schrenk, an old partner of Quiller's, has been captured by the Russians and subjected to torture in Lubyanka Prison. Schrenk has managed to escape, but he has disappeared and has made no contact with contr

Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 1st 1981 by Jove Books (first published 1980)
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Apr 21, 2008 Chris rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
this is dedicated to me so ought to like it. i like all adam hall (aka elleston trevor) spy novels because his creation Q is a realistic spy. dan craig should play him except he's doing some other espion. actually, tango briefing is the best so i ought to be praising that.
Aug 22, 2014 Larry rated it it was amazing
Quiller is a field executive for the British hush hush spy agency known as the Bureau; i. e., a ferret. As Quiller says, "The ferret in the field obeys orders and goes down the hole and comes up again, if he's lucky, leaving behind him those unnameable things in the dark that he had to deal with (165)." What he's dealing with this time is ugly: a snatched agent who has knowledge of the Bureau's most valuable and longest running operation within the Soviet Union. It is Quiller's job to find and r ...more
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Nov 18, 2015 cool breeze rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quiller in Moscow trying to extract a fellow agent who was captured by the KGB, tortured in Lubyanka, escaped to West Germany and was then snatched again. Adam Hall is back in top form after a mild lapse in the previous novel. A good, credible story line and good plot twists.

I think this novel marks the first use of a named contemporaneous public figure (Leonid Brezhnev) in the Quiller series. There will be more.
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Nov 27, 2015 Larry Loftis rated it it was amazing
Another excellent book from Elleston Trevor (aka, Adam Hall). Like most of his books, it's fast paced and a fast read. Great cliffhangers, per his style, with short, pithy prose. If you're a Cold War fan, you'll love his descriptions of Quiller's mental games with the KGB. His time as a prisoner in the Lubyanka reminded me of poor Winston in Orwell's 1984. Except that Quiller always wins, of course. :)
Jun 29, 2012 stormhawk rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reread
There are few locations in Cold War Espionage fact and fiction that hold the power, mystery, and fear-invocation that Moscow does. Even deeper than Moscow itself, is Lubyanka, the cold, faceless place of detention and interrogation, just across the way from the best known department store in the then Soviet Union, the juxtaposition some sort of commentary on the Russian Character ...

A British agent escapes from Lubyanka, and then is abducted from a hospital where he is convalescing. The immeasu
Jan 25, 2016 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Another excellent Quiller. A bit of a let down at the end as most of the best bits had already happened, but those earlier parts were humdingers.
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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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