SION CROSSING by Anthony Price


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More comical chat, military history, and oblique espionage with those droll, waspish, talkative British spymasters: this time Price's usual hero, sardonic David Audley, stays home while his fat rival, Oliver Latimer, falls into a spy-trap in Audley's place. Why does Latimer go to Georgia of all places, agreeing to help a US Senator solve a buried-treasure mystery involving a Civil War battle? Well, Latimer knows that the Senator (an important Intelligence ally) really wanted Audley; so he eagerly, competitively fills in--and winds up in the clutches of a KGB ringleader . . . while Audley & Co., back in England, figure out what's going on and arrange a rescue. (In typically convoluted Price fashion, it all has to do with a dead CIA man's posthumous plan to clear his name of bygone double-agent suspicions--which were harbored by none other than David Audley.) A clever little plot, rather implausibly detailed--and stretched out, as ever, by all that ironic, circuitous, archly amusing dialogue: offbeat entertainment for those US readers who've acquired the oh-so-British taste for Price's brand of spy-comedy.

Pub Date: April 23rd, 1985
Publisher: Mysterious Press--dist. by Farrar, Straus & Giroux