NIGHT OF THE SHORT KNIVES by Burke Wilkinson

NIGHT OF THE SHORT KNIVES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

hush hush, hurry hurry affair deals with espionage and counterespionage within the precinct of SHAPE and the ""molesting"" of young Perry Cathingwood, an nterpreter, after a secret meeting at Rambouillet indicates that ""the night of the hall knives had fallen."" Perry, fairly new at his job, disregards the querulous surveillance of his superior, Worples, and resents it particularly when it throws suspicion on attractive Delphine De Granitz. On the other hand she is the second victim--her apartment is vandalized and she is kidnapped by one Morel, handyman or Paul Feodor La Fleuve whose middle name betrays his true affiliation. And then there's the attempt to assassinate the Supreme Commander, which fails; and leads to the attempted escape of La Fleuve and Morel with Delphine and the concluding water chase... The decor is more ornate than the story itself which is not top secret at any point; it can be classified as a classified as a pleasant enough Household item for just that market.

Publisher: Scribners