By John Gardner
In numerous corners of the area 4 high-profile figures are assassinated in below per week. no one hyperlinks the deaths yet something is bound: each one of them has been stalked, sought out and killed with care and instruction. Then a sinister connection is demonstrated: a unmarried, blood-tipped rose is shipped to every funeral and an unremarkable girl agent is murdered in Switzerland.When MI5 come to MI6 to invite for aid M brings in his top. in the beginning, a weekend overseas turns out tempting to James Bond: specially whilst he's paired with Flicka von Grusse, a stunning Swiss intelligence officer. yet it is a perilous project that begins with the mysterious actor David Dragonpol and leads them to Athens, Milan and directly to EuroDisney ... and an explosive climax.
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Then, once again with feeling, ‘Draaagooonpool. bizarre. ’ ‘It ability Dragon Head. ’ ‘I recognize what it capability, James. It’s only a bizarre identify. He must have replaced it to Beastiehead, or whatever extra traditional. the place did you come back via all this data besides – approximately Laura and the demon Dragonpol? ’ ‘First, what do your humans imagine the nice man’s as much as, traveling round Switzerland? ’ ‘Nobody’s yes. He’s in basic terms been casually wondered, and continually has a prepared solution: says he's attempting to find items to head in his fortress which he's changing into an incredible theatre museum. ’ ‘A theatre museum? ’ ‘He plans to open it to the general public sooner or later: one of those Disneyland, yet devoted to the background and artwork of theatre in the course of the a long time. That’s what he says he’s doing. brain you, he likes disguises, yet then he’s an actor, so he would favor disguises. ’ ‘Yet your carrier nonetheless knew of his comings and goings? ’ ‘Usually, certain. He’s additionally first-class at slipping surveillance, yet there have been a few leads – little issues – I bear in mind. ’ ‘Such as? ’ ‘Such as a potential assembly with an fingers broker right here, or a distinct resource there: the bizarre informer; a few humans at the fringes of foreign terrorism. not anything was once ever proved, yet there's certainly anything sniffy concerning the actor. ’ ‘Iffy,’ Bond corrected. ‘No, sniffy, like in pungent. ’ ‘If your humans had an eye fixed on him, what concerning the British protection carrier? ’ ‘I wouldn’t learn about that. ’ ‘You proportion details although. ’ ‘Only while it’s totally beneficial. Dragonpol very not often went to England. We Swiss prefer to hold yes secrets and techniques. ’ ‘Then you Swiss must have recognized approximately him and Laura. ’ She shrugged. ‘Maybe we did. I don’t see every little thing. ’ ‘Well, he was once certainly engaged to the reasonable Laura, and the engagement used to be damaged off a few weeks earlier than she went up the mountain and didn’t come down back. ’ She checked out him as if now not solely happy; as a lady who has smelled a special odor on his blouse, or noticed a lipstick mark on a collar: a colour of lipstick she by no means makes use of. ‘So, the place did you come back by way of all this knowledge? ’ He instructed her concerning the skirmish with the safety Service’s watchers, and his assembly with the stunning Carmel Chantry. ‘And this Chantry individual instructed all? ’ ‘Everything. together with how we have been arrange through the unlovely Fräulein Bruch. ’ ‘Mmmm. ’ She back cocked a quizzical eye at him. ‘She inform you this status, sitting, or flat on her again, James? ’ ‘I used to be sitting, she was once mendacity on a mattress in Brown’s inn. ’ ‘Before she informed you, have been you furthermore may mendacity at the mattress? ’ ‘No, Flicka. It used to be all very right. ’ ‘What we’ve been doing is usually very right. ’ ‘More than very right. She additionally advised me that she as soon as made a go at Laura. ’ ‘Doesn’t me">She nodded f blean a specific thing – fairly if she’s fragile and female. ’ ‘She volunteered the data. ’ ‘Lying on a mattress? ’ ‘Yes. ’ ‘Huh! ’ Flicka von Grüsse narrowed her eyes. ‘I remained seated all through. ’ ‘Long may possibly it remain that approach. you think that the depraved witch of the Victoria-Jungfrau gets us off the hook if I alert huge muscular participants of my provider to move and speak together with her?