More dippy stuff for over-tall, under-efficient British spy Appleton Porter--who's now ordered to kidnap one of the...

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More dippy stuff for over-tall, under-efficient British spy Appleton Porter--who's now ordered to kidnap one of the 90-year-old members of the Russian Rural Quartet: the Quartet is performing during London's Music Week, you see, and the faked defection of one of these aged national heroes will be a great coup for the West. Apple, however, doesn't want to kidnap anybody, So he decides that he'll persuade one of the singers--a loner named Josef--to defect. And though Apple does manage to make contact with the visiting Josef, the old man is afraid that Apple's really an entrapping KGB agent. What will convince loser otherwise? A cancellation of the concert by rabid anti-Communist pianist Anna Schmidt. Encounters (quasi-romantic) with Ms. Schmidt ensue; she is eventually won over. But, as usual, after a bit of derring-don't, it turns out that Apple's botched mission was supposed to be botched. (Hasn't he caught on yet? Didn't he read Apple Spy in the Sky, etc.?) A lesser addition to a thin, mildly agreeable comic series--padded out here with nonsense involving Apple's cars and dogs.

Pub Date: June 3, 1983

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Doubleday

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 1983