By Len Deighton
An unnamed undercover agent - probably a similar reluctant hero of The Ipcress dossier - is distributed to Paris to convey a dossier of nuclear secrets and techniques to a French healthcare professional, yet quickly reveals himself sucked right into a twilight international of intercourse, blackmail and hidden cause, the place pal and enemy turn into indistinguishable.
A 'clinic' on Paris's street Foch designed to cater lavishly for a number of perversions, staffed via a bunch of sexually and intellectually high-powered women and built with units starting from an Iron Maiden to psychedelic truth-drugs -- that's the set-up operated via the enigmatic Monsieur Datt.
Naturally, it has a hidden goal: to collect dossiers of tape and movie on influential political consumers from East and West. Into this twilight global of decadence and hidden reasons come the brokers of 4 international powers.
Are they after Datt's pornographic blackmail dossiers? Or is their goal altogether extra lethal than a visit to the blue movies...?
This new reissue incorporates a foreword from the canopy clothier, Oscar-winning filmmaker Arnold Schwartzman, and a new advent through Len Deighton, which deals a desirable perception into the writing of the tale.
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His head was filled with vague recollections of headlines but little actual information. “In the eighties, the government was effectively controlled by a combination of the military and the wealthy elite. ” Finn asked. “Exactly so. The rebels were Marxist Communists, supported largely by the rural peasants and the small educated middle class. ” “Terrorism,” Kozlowski grunted derisively. 38 INNOCENCE “Yes, terrorism,” Salazar readily concurred. He looked directly at Kozlowski for the first time.
The sharp metallic cry of the phone on the wall interrupted his internal tug-of-war, and he turned to regard it with suspicion. He knew who it was without checking the caller ID. Somehow it rang differently when it was her. After the fourth ring, his ancient answering machine picked up. The greeting finished and the tone sounded. Finn held his breath, wondering whether she would leave a message. His apartment was quiet for several seconds, and he thought she might have hung up. Then, finally, she spoke.
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