Spoils of War

Spoils of War

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552109908
  • 9780552109901

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Sergeant Quilley is the American G.I. king of the black market in Algiers. He's also something of a maniac killer. When we meet him he's shooting a Frenchman who shorted him in a payoff, and killing the man's bodyguard as well, then burning them up in their car and sending it over a cliff. Back at camp Quilley has everyone under his thumb, blackmail being one of his lesser but most useful specialities. He keeps his cash (over $100,000) stashed under the floor of his jeep. When the jeep is commandeered to be sent to Salerno for D-day, the distraught sergeant has himself transferred to the division on board the ship carrying his jeep. He thinks he's off to some cushy paradise - and finds himself paralyzed with fear on a horrendously shelled Italian beach during the Invasion. His cowardice flares; his money lust is relentless; he deserts. After being tried for desertion and cowardice, he finds himself under irons on the very ship where his cash is hidden. So he engineers a mutiny. . . . And so the tale goes, chapter locking into action chapter, Quilley himself having some of the evil charm of Edward G. Robinson's Wolf Larsen-Little Caesar paranoia roles. Tight as a new jeep. (Kirkus Reviews)show more