Tremor of Intent

Tremor of Intent

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Denis Hillier is an aging British agent on his last assignment. His old school friend Roper defected to the USSR long ago, to become one of the evil empire's great scientific minds. Hillier must persuade, or force, Roper to come back to England or risk losing his retirement fund. However, he hadn't foreseen the obstacles between him and his mark. Mr Theodorescu, a fellow passenger on board the ship to Hillier's target, and his companion Miss Devi, prove both irresistible and dangerous.

This morality tale of a Secret Service gone mad features sex, gluttony, violence, treachery, and religion. Tremor of Intent is a rare combination of the deadly serious and the absurd, the lofty and the lusty.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 16mm | 198g
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 1846689201
  • 9781846689208
  • 23,089

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Tremor of Intent has more wit and comic invention than the books which it so boisterously ridicules ... The talent is as unsettling as it is prodigious * New Republic * A gleaming novel of ideas ... brazenly clever. He is possessed by a black sense of humor ... Burgess is nothing if not outrageous * New York Times Book Review * One of the cleverest and most original writers of his generation * The Times * Anthony Burgess has always been a huge favorite of mine, his writing is rich and tempting, like dessert. And Tremor of Intent is one of my favorite Burgess books. I think he set out to write a satire of a spy novel but he made the story, the writing, the characters, so good that it became an amusing spy
novel. And some of the passages (the eating contest on a cruise ship) are among the best you'll ever read -- Alan Furst, author of The Spies of Warsaw
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About Anthony Burgess

Anthony Burgess (1917-1993) was a novelist, poet, playwright, composer, linguist, translator and critic. He is best known for his novel A Clockwork Orange, but altogether he wrote thirty-three novels, twenty-five works of non-fiction, two volumes of autobiography, three symphonies, more than 150 other musical works, reams of journalism and much more.

He was born in Manchester, England and grew up in Harpurhey and Moss Side, went to school in Rusholme, and studied at Manchester University. He lived in Malaya, Malta, Monaco, Italy and the US amongst other places, and is still widely read all over the world.
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673 ratings
3.64 out of 5 stars
5 18% (120)
4 40% (269)
3 32% (218)
2 8% (57)
1 1% (9)
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