Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie

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  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 140 x 220mm
  • Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
  • Bath, United Kingdom
  • Large type / large print
  • Large Print edition
  • 0745193846
  • 9780745193847

Review Text

Garfield had fun with a CIA maverick named Miles Kendig in Hopscotch (later a delightful film). And since then he has continued to be irreverent about the Company in short stories featuring an even more unconventional agent: Charlie Dark, who's "overage, overweight, overeager to stay in the game by the old rules rather than the new." So here are a dozen neat episodes - most of which originally appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, all of which are curtly narrated by low-key Charlie himself, and none of which involve any bloodshed to speak of. Usually Charlie is dispatched to some exotic spot (by his abusive boss Myerson) on a mission impossible: to defuse a female super-assassin in Dar-es-Salaam; to finger another super-assassin (a faceless Carlos type) in Caracas; to retrieve a captured enemy spy who's been reluctantly handed back to East Germany (at the Checkpoint Charlie gate in Berlin); to rescue a stranded diplomat from an Idi Amin-ish African capital; to spot a traitor in Moscow, repossess a code-box in the Aleutians, or prevent journalists in Australia from publishing the names of CIA agents. Plus: a showdown with super-spy Yaskov (see Hopscotch) in Helsinki, a personal vendetta against the loanshark who beat up his brother, and "Charlie's Last Caper" - in which Charlie is framed for the murder of. . . Myerson himself. Clean twists, sparsely effective atmosphere, and light, tight writing of the most professional sort: a dandy little collection. (Kirkus Reviews)
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