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Jeffery Rand

The Old Spies Club and Other Intrigues of Rand

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'THE KING OF THE CLASSICAL WHODUNIT' Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine used these words to describe the extraordinary accomplishments of Edward D. Hoch. Whether he is writing about sleuths or crooks or spies, Hoch always includes a strong puzzle element in his stories. Each challenges the reader to unravel the mystery before the hero does. Two of Hoch's most famous characters are British espionage agent Jeffery Rand and his half-Scottish, half-Egyptian wife Leila Gaad. During the height of the Cold War, Rand outsmarted Soviet agents, and in the more murky world of contemporary diplomacy he continues to face intriguing mysteries. In these 15 tales, Rand must discover why a dying spy wrote the word "labyrinth", how can someone fight a non-existent war -- and pass a lie-detector test about it, what do miraculous cures in Scotland have to do with the CIA, and other strange conundrums. Even when Rand retires and joins The Old Spies Club, he and Leila continue in a world of double-agents, double-crosses, and constant peril.

239 pages, Paperback

Published August 7, 2001

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Edward D. Hoch

389 books37 followers
Edward D. Hoch is one of the most honored mystery writers of all time.

* 1968 Edgar Allan Poe Award (Mystery Writers of America): "The Oblong Room", The Saint Mystery Magazine, July 1967
* 1998 Anthony Award (Bouchercon World Mystery Convention): "One Bag of Coconuts", EQMM, November 1997
* 2001 Anthony Award (Bouchercon): "The Problem of the Potting Shed", EQMM, July 2000
* 2007 Ellery Queen Readers Choice Award (awarded 2008): "The Theft of the Ostracized Ostrich", EQMM, June 2007
* Lifetime Achievement Award (Private Eye Writers of America), 2000
* Grand Master (Mystery Writers of America), 2001
* Lifetime Achievement Award (Bouchercon), 2001

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December 9, 2016
This is copy 24 of 275 signed and numbered copies and is signed by Edward D. Hoch The book comes with an additional chapbook titled "Assignment: Enigma A Charles Spacers Story".
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October 25, 2013
Code specialist Jeffery Rand meets beautiful archaeologist Leila Gaad when he's working in Cairo. You can measure out their lives in these short stories--first mere acquaintances, then newly-weds, and on through a long married life, disrupted by spying activities (hers as well as his), even after he retires. Of course, with short stories there are always some that are better, and that determination will change with the reader.
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