Night of the Fox

Night of the Fox

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On a secret sea maneuver just before D-Day, American Colonel Hugh Kelso goes down in the English Channel. Wounded and adrift for days, he washes ashore on the German-occupied island of Jersey. The news spreads panic through the Allied high command: Kelso knows the time and place of the invasion. He must be rescued -- or silenced. A British professor turned Nazi impersonator and a young Jersey girl posing as his mistress set off to find Kelso in the fiercely guarded island fortress. The pair join a deadly game of wits that they must win....or perish in the darkness of the "Night of the Fox"show more

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 110 x 178 x 28mm | 222.26g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • Signet Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • 0451189736
  • 9780451189738

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"Philadelphia Daily News" A thriller by a master of the genre....Higgins spins as mean a tale as Ludlum, Forsyth, or any of them....The final twist is a more

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An American soldier who knows the D-Day plan may fall into Nazi hands! Rommel is plotting to assassinate Hitler! A super-spy for the Allies daringly poses as a Standartenfuhrer! No, veteran Higgins (The Eagle Has Landed, etc.) will win no points for originality with his shameless recycling of familiar WW II espionage premises. But, if thoroughly predictable, this is a tidy, lively, likable melodrama - starting in April 1944 when Col. Hugh Kelso washes up, legs broken, on the German-occupied isle of Jersey after a skirmish at sea. Kelso is harbored by a gutsy pair of anti-Nazi islanders - but it's only a matter of time before the Germans grab Kelso, an engineer who knows all the D-Day invasion secrets! Obviously, then, someone must rescue Kelso from Jersey - and that someone will be flinty, aging super-agent Harry Martineau, nervily posing as a Himmler aide, assisted by plucky young Sarah Drayton (posing as the SS-man's French whore). All goes pretty much as planned, despite a few violent detours. . .until the spy-duo learns that Field Marshal Rommel is arriving to inspect the Jersey troops! Will Rommel's presence undermine the masquerade mission? Not really: because, as the reader knows (and as Harry soon learns, by creaky happenstance), this Rommel is a phony - a double being used to distract from the real Rommel's anti-Hitler maneuvers. So eventually Harry and Sarah (falling in love, of course) do manage to get Kelso off the island, in an airlift/air-chase - with assists from an Italian officer (who worships Sarah) and from the Rommel imposter (a Jewish actor who becomes a reluctant hero). Despite some silly murmurings from brooding master-spy Martineau ("I'm a very existentialist person"), Higgins avoids the shrill soap-operatics that have marred Ken Follett's recent efforts. Instead, he's content with the old-fashioned formula - solid action, heartwarming good-guys, loathsome bad-guys - and his readership will probably be content too, if less than thrilled or compelled. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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