SPY ON THE RUN by Mark Lovell

SPY ON THE RUN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A third satire/whimsy outing for giant British spy Appleton Porter, who's now ordered to win the Liverpool 3,000-meter race: he has two weeks to shape up. So, after fighting off two attackers, he checks into Intelligence's Damian House and begins training under track specialist Giles Parker while in the throes of nicotine withdrawal. There he falls (literally) for fellow trainee June of the CIA, a language and karate expert. They both win at Liverpool (all the other runners' morning orange juice is spiked with depressants); they go to the big Paris meet where Porter is to contact a Russian media man (""Igor"" of KGB clearance), who will pass him secret info; ""New Free French"" terrorists invade the meet and are foiled. But: is June a triple agent? Piqued, Porter allows himself to be seduced by a sexy Frenchwoman the morning of the big race, but he goes on to win when he finds June is loyal to him. Minor espionage/comedy for the easily amused.

Pub Date: July 2nd, 1982
Publisher: Doubleday