March 7, 2017

Bamboo (Quiller, Book 15) by Adam Hall

By Adam Hall

The Quiller sequence makes a speciality of a solitary, hugely able undercover agent (named after Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch) who works (generally by myself) for a central authority bureau that "doesn't exist" and narrates his personal adventures. Quiller (not his actual identify) occupies a literary heart floor among James Bondand John le Carré. he's a talented motive force, pilot, diver, and linguist, yet doesn't hold a gun.

The sequence is particularly stylized, that includes extreme depictions of undercover agent tradecraft relationships, striking leap cuts among chapters, and deep, occasionally self-pitying inside monologues. the 1st of the Quiller novels, The Berlin Memorandum (1965) (retitled The Quiller Memorandum within the US) gained an Edgar Award, from the secret Writers of the US, for most sensible Novel. It was once filmed in 1966 lower than its US identify with a screenplay through Harold Pinter and starred George Segal and Alec Guinness. It used to be additionally tailored right into a 1975 British tv sequence, that includes Michael Jayston.

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No,’ admitted Lu. ’ ‘Let’s hope everything else is as successful,’ said the younger man. His father frowned at the doubt. Without an audience, Lu rarely smiled. ’ It was a reminder, not a question. ‘Yes,’ said John hurriedly. ’ ‘So do I,’ said Lu. ‘I hope that very much …’ John’s nervousness increased at the tone of his father’s voice. ’ ‘I won’t forget,’ said the son. Or be allowed to, he knew. Jenny Lin Lee had become quiet as the car moved up the winding roads through Hong Kong Heights, actually passing the Lu mansion, and she had realised their destination.

Interesting,’ said the publican, as automatically as he fingered the moustache. ‘Sometimes,’ agreed Charlie. The woman returned with the salad. The meat had been carefully cut to conceal the dried edges. ‘Looks very nice,’ said Charlie. Insincerity appeared to be infectious. Then again, it was always dangerous to draw attention to himself, even over something as trivial as complaining about a bad meal in a country pub. He manoeuvred himself on to a bar-stool and the landlord nodded and walked back to his group.

How much space in the room would £6,000,000 occupy? he wondered idly. The whole bookcase and the sidetable, certainly. Probably overflow on to the couch as well. ’ Willoughby stared across the desk. His hand was twitching, Charlie saw. ‘It might be difficult,’ said the underwriter hurriedly. The admission embarrassed him and he actually blushed. ’ demanded Charlie. ’ ‘It’s only temporary,’ said Willoughby defensively. ’ ‘I had to,’ insisted Willoughby. ‘A firm can be wiped out in a creditors’ rush by no more than a City rumour that it’s in financial difficulties.

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