Professor in Peril

Professor in Peril

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  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
  • Bath, United Kingdom
  • Large type / large print
  • Large Print edition
  • 0745195687
  • 9780745195681

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Review Text

The "Fishers" (Strange and Private: War) resurface, this time needing the help of Oxford Don James Glowery to identify Soviet classicist Surov, who wants to defect to England with vital KGB secrets in his book-bag. James agrees to attend a scholarly conference in Rio, verify Surer by asking him esoteric questions, nothing to it - but while waiting for transport out, James visits Tara's Hall, a gambling den owned by the sadist O'Malley, who challenges James to a cut of the cards and who loses his girlfriend, gorgeous Cressida from South Carolina as a result. Soon James, Cressida, and Surov are on the lam, then waylayed by O'Malley and sprinted away to his cattle ranch (really a drug-distribution center) deep in the interior where James is turned loose to die of nameless jungle diseases or Indian attack or something. But the wily professor circles back to the ranch, breaks in, and, with the help of renegade workers eager to escape the clutches of O'Malley, frees Cressida and Surov. The merry band machetes its way to civilization - but not before O'Malley attacks again, the Indians set a trap for them on the river, and they are just about done for when who should rescue them but Fisher ben vivant, Jeremy Mitchell-Pearce. Jeremy arranges for Surov to reach London, Cressida and James to reach South Carolina, where they are tailed, shot at and still not safe, though probably in love. Figuring out why they're still under fire, James shuttles Cressida to Oxford, where she recognizes a don from the Rio Conference and recalls seeing him in the hotel lobby with the resident KGB Bureau Chief - a mole, if you will. Veddy, veddy British, with erudite references and literate dialogue. Of course, the derring-do smacks of the can't-possibly-be-done, but James is so charming that you forgive the implausibilities. Overall: a cozy little caper; most appealing. (Kirkus Reviews)
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