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Super-spy Paul Chavasse – one of Jack Higgins’s most extraordinary heroes – embarks on a mission to Albania, only to find himself at the centre of a deadly double-cross, fighting for his life.
It’s a trip that agent Paul Chavasse will never forget. His destination: the isolated republic of Albania on the Adriatic coast, at a time when the regime is at its most repressive and the people live in daily fear of the ruthless secret police. His job: to find a double agent whose cover has been blown and put him out of commission, permanently. But what Chavasse doesn’t know is that deep within the twisting channels of the perilous coastal marshes, someone has set a trap for him – someone who holds the keys of hell.
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About the author
Jack Higgins was a soldier and then a teacher before becoming a full-time writer. The Eagle Has Landed turned him into an international bestselling author and his novels have since sold over 250 million copies and been translated into fifty-five languages. Many of them have also been made into successful films.
Originally released in the U.K. under the pseudonym Martin Fallon, this newly revised, long-lost gem from 1965 follows the exploits of British agent Sir Paul Chavasse, a James Bond like hero who is a frequent player in Higgins's early novels (Midnight Never Comes, etc.). The novel opens in the present day with a much older Chavasse, now the Belfast Bureau Chief, preparing to meet Mafia Don Tino Rossi. En route, he's waylaid by Rossi's "nephew," Mario Volpe, who claims to be acting on his uncle's behalf. Volpe hands Chavasse a report describing one of the former agent's 30-year-old assignments. As he reads, Chavasse is transported back in time to a communist-torn Albania, where he and his friend and covert colleague, Guilio Orsini, are engaged in helping the sexy but duplicitous Francesca Minetti rescue a religious icon believed to have miraculous powers. While recalling their near-death chase in the Buene Marshes, Chavasse wonders how this past escapade connects to the Rossi family. Higgins's characters are only marginally developed, but he deftly weaves past and present-day adventures together with sparse exposition and maximum action to create a tale that will delight his many fans.