FIRE IN THE SNOW by Hammond Innes


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Action-packed melodrama, mostly on skiis and in Alpine territory, with all the ingredients for good fireside thriller. Neil Blair, broke and out of the army, bumps into Engles, late of English intelligence, at present big-wig direct of K. M. Studios. He offers Neil 100 pounds a month and a script writing job in the Dolomites- as cover for a job of fancy keyholing. Joe Wesson, photographer, goes along to lend authenticity to the front, and Neil is further equipped with a picture of an Italian pinup girl, inscribed ""To Hendrick-Love Carla"". Once in Col da Varda he runs into an odd assortment of people, motivated by greed for gold:- Carla in person and her gangster-pimp, Valdini; Mayne, an Irish deserter; Keramikos, a Nazi-Greek. Engles arrives just in time for murders and arson, from which Neil and Joe, shot with luck, escape, while Engles hold death off as he types the title of the film he wants Neil to do. Thriller de luxe- Kay Boyle adventure story market.

Pub Date: April 23rd, 1947
Publisher: Harper