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Assassination day
Egleton, Clive.
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First St. Martin's Minotaur edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, [2004]

Physical Description:
376 pages ; 22 cm
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With a bouillabaisse of suspicious characters (The New York Times Book Review), Assassination Day finds SIS agent Peter Ashton in a quandry over a case as the bodies multiply but something doesn't quite add up.

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 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

If anyone can keep the old-fashioned spy novel alive, it's British veteran Egleton (Cry Havoc; etc.). As usual, he starts things off with a bang: a leading London literary agent receives a tell-all memoir written by an intelligence officer who died in 1989 under highly suspicious circumstances. Before you can say "hot property," the London agent is murdered by two fake cops; the New York bookshop owner who came upon the manuscript is also violently offed; and Peter Ashton-a top SIS officer regarded by his enemies as a loose cannon and by his admirers as a brilliant field agent perhaps unsuited to a desk job-is put in charge. Ashton's wife not only has to help him protect the beautiful young American literary agent who was first offered the memoir but also has to cope with increasing suspicions that Jill Sheridan, Ashton's old flame who was well on her way to becoming head of SIS until she was forced to resign, is somehow behind all the book-related bloodshed. Egleton uses his obvious insider knowledge of intelligence antics to keep his story moving along briskly. Agent, Phyllis Westberg. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved