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The honey trap
Egleton, Clive.
Personal Author:
First St. Martin's Minotaur edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, [2000]

Physical Description:
390 pages ; 25 cm
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Clive Egleton -- master of the classic espionage story -- returns with the latest featuring Peter Ashton, Intelligence Officer for Britain's SIS. When a Queen's Messenger is kidnapped, tortured, and murdered in Costa Rica, Ashton is assigned to investigate. But his greatest and most lethal enemies may be within his own government.

Author Notes

Espionage thriller writer Clive (Frederick William) Egleton was born on November 25, 1927 and died in 2006.

Egleton was a Lieutenant Colonel in the British Army and was also involved in intelligence missions in Cyprus, the Persian Gulf, and East Africa.

His espionage thrillers include Seven Days to a Killing, A Killing in Moscow and Blood Money. His novel Seven Days to a Killing was filmed as The Black Windmill, starring Michael Caine. Escape to Athena is a novelization of the 1979 movie of the same name. Egleton also wrote under the names of Patrick Blake and John Tarrant.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Adam Zawadzki, Messenger for the British government, carries a packet of documents to Costa Rica. But before he can deliver the goods, he's kidnapped, tortured, and killed. Victor Hazelwood, of Britain's SIS, knows just the man to head up the inquiry: Peter Ashton. A renegade who makes up his own rules, Ashton thumbs his nose at the brass and calls in more favors than he proffers, but he always delivers the goods. In this case, Ashton has no shortage of suspects: Zawadzki's ex-wife, a crooked Hong Kong ex-cop, the Cuban colonel who once headed Castro's security forces. With time running out and pressure to solve the case increasing, Ashton suspects foxes in his henhouse: Could his own government be involved in gunrunning and murder for hire? Egleton remains among the upper echelon of action-oriented spy novelists (the Ken Follett camp rather than the more introspective le Carrecrowd), and he proves it here with a roller-coaster ride of a plot, high-speed action, and a hero who pulls no punches. --Emily Melton

Publisher's Weekly Review

The cold war is over, but men like Peter Ashton of the British SIS still face extraordinary dangers as they confront multinational terrorism that can strike anywhere, at any time, with powerful weapons. And in the world of spies, counterspies, traitors, double agents and backbiting bureaucrats convincingly described by Egleton, the dangers from one's friends seem as great as from one's enemies. Ashton, featured in many of the prolific Egleton's novels (Dead Reckoning; etc.), is detailed to investigate the grisly murder of a Queen's Messenger in Costa Rica. To uncover the hydra-headed monster lurking behind that torture killing, Ashton will have to explore links among terrorists as diverse as the IRA, the KGB, Turkish Cypriots and a former Cuban intelligence officer. A combination of inspired deduction, hard (and very clever) spade work and good luck are almost offset by the handicaps Ashton faces from either deliberate or incidental obfuscations within the SIS and its allies. Egleton offers some riveting dramatic passages while making the necessarily plodding investigative process both entertaining and informative. Ashton is smooth, likable, bright and perfectly willing to ruffle the feathers of his superiors if it will inch him closer to a solution. All in all, Egleton provides great entertainment, and if the novel's conclusion strains credulity, with Ashton always in the right place at the right time, it isn't enough to diminish the pleasure of the journey. (Apr. 2) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Series star Peter Ashton, British spy, investigates a brutal murder in Costa Rica and possible duplicity in his own organization. An exciting descent into a murky world of intrigue, violence, and murder; suitable for all collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.