An Expensive Place to Die

By Len Deighton

An unnamed secret agent - probably an identical reluctant hero of The Ipcress dossier - is shipped to Paris to convey a dossier of nuclear secrets and techniques to a French physician, yet quickly unearths himself sucked right into a twilight global of intercourse, blackmail and hidden reason, the place good friend and enemy develop into indistinguishable.

A ‘clinic’ on Paris’s road Foch designed to cater lavishly for a number of perversions, staffed by way of a gaggle of sexually and intellectually high-powered ladies and built with units starting from an Iron Maiden to psychedelic truth-drugs – that’s the set-up operated via the enigmatic Monsieur Datt.

Naturally, it has a hidden objective: to bring together dossiers of tape and picture on influential political consumers from East and West. Into this twilight global of decadence and hidden explanations come the brokers of 4 global powers.

Are they after Datt’s pornographic blackmail dossiers? Or is their objective altogether extra lethal than a visit to the blue movies…?

This new reissue contains a foreword from the canopy fashion designer, Oscar-winning filmmaker Arnold Schwartzman, and a new advent by means of Len Deighton, which deals a desirable perception into the writing of the story.

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Leader Inspector,’ stated dinner-jacket, ‘I am desolated. ’ ‘We are leaving anyway,’ stated Loiseau, nodding to me. Dinner-jacket smiled and became again to the lady with eco-friendly eye-shadow. ‘You move the place you like,’ I acknowledged. ‘I’m staying the following. ’ Dinner-jacket swivelled again like a glove puppet. Loiseau positioned a hand on my arm. ‘I concept you desired to discuss getting your carte de séjour from the Prefecture. ’ ‘I’m having no hassle getting my carte de séjour,’ I acknowledged. ‘Exactly,’ stated Loiseau and moved in the course of the crowd in the direction of the door. I undefined. close to the doorway there has been a desk containing a publication of newspaper clippings and catalogues. the girl with eco-friendly eye-shadow referred to as to us. She provided Loiseau her hand after which reached out to me. She held the wrist limp as girls do once they part count on a guy to kiss the again in their hand. ‘Please signal the viewers’ book,’ she acknowledged. Loiseau bent over the ebook and wrote in neat neurotic writing ‘Claude Loiseau’; below reviews he wrote ‘stimulating’. the girl swivelled the e-book to me. I wrote my identify and below reviews I wrote what I regularly write whilst I don’t comprehend what to claim – ‘uncompromising’. the lady nodded. ‘And your address,’ she stated. i used to be approximately to show that not anyone else had written their handle within the publication, but if a shapely younger girl asks for my tackle I’m now not the fellow to be secretive. I wrote it: ‘c/o Petit Légionnaire, rue St Ferdinand, 17ième. ’ the lady smiled to Loiseau in a well-known means. She acknowledged, ‘I be aware of the manager Inspector’s deal with: felony research division, Sûreté Nationale, rue des Saussaies. ’2 Loiseau’s place of work had that cramped, depression surroundings that policemen have fun with. there have been small silver pots for the capturing crew that Loiseau had resulted in victory in 1959 and a number of other crew photographs – one confirmed Loiseau in military uniform status in entrance of a tank. Loiseau introduced a wide M 1950 automated from his waist and placed it right into a drawer. ‘I’m going to get anything smaller,’ he stated. ‘This is ruining my fits. ’ He locked the drawer conscientiously after which went in the course of the different drawers of his table, riffling throughout the contents and slamming them closed until eventually he laid a file on his blotter. ‘This is your dossier,’ stated Loiseau. He held up a print of the picture that looks on my carte de séjour. ‘“Occupation,”’ he learn, ‘“travel company director”. ’ He regarded up at me and that i nodded. ‘That’s a very good activity? ’ ‘It matches me,’ I acknowledged. ‘It could swimsuit me’, acknowledged Loiseau. ‘Eight hundred new francs every one week and also you spend so much of a while a laugh your self. ’ ‘There’s a revived curiosity in leisure,’ I stated. ‘I hadn’t spotted any decline one of the those that paintings for me. ’ He driven his Gauloises in the direction of me. We lit up and checked out one another. Loiseau used to be approximately fifty years outdated. brief muscular physique with tremendous shoulders. His face was once pitted with tiny scars and a part of his left ear was once lacking. His hair was once natural white and intensely brief. He had lots of power yet now not lots that he was once ready to waste any. He hung his jacket on his chair again and rolled up his shirtsleeves very smartly.

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