By Alistair MacLean

Reissue of the vintage story of espionage set in chilly conflict Europe, the place the world’s maximum circus acrobat needs to holiday into an impenetrable citadel, from the acclaimed grasp of motion and suspense.

Bruno Wildermann of the Wrinfield Circus is the world’s maximum trapeze artist, a clairvoyant with near-supernatural powers and an implacable enemy of the East ecu regime that arrested his kin and murdered his wife.

The CIA wishes the sort of guy, and recruits Bruno for an very unlikely raid - at the impreganble Lubylan fort, the place his relations his held.

Under conceal of a circus travel, Bruno prepares to come to his native land. yet sooner than the adventure even starts off a assassin moves two times. someplace within the circus there's a communist agent with orders to forestall Bruno at any cost…

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Whilst I knew it wasn’t you, there wasn’t a person else greatly to suspect. ’ ‘And you continue to anticipate me to marry you? ’ ‘I’ll need to. in your personal sake. After you’ve resigned, that's. this can be the day of women’s lib, yet i believe all this can be a bit too lib for you. have you learnt why Harper picked you – simply because he reckoned you have been the individual least more likely to provide him any difficulty. He was once correct. My God, it’s by no means even happened to you ways Harper controlled to pull Fawcett contained in the tiger’s cage with out being savaged. ’ ‘Well, because you’re so smart – ’ ‘He anaesthetized the tigers with a dart gun. ’ ‘Of path. perhaps I may still retire at that. You don’t make many error, do you? ’ ‘Yes. an important one. person who might have been deadly for lots of humans. i presumed that the purple dart-gun used to be just like he’d used at the tigers. It wasn’t. It used to be deadly. If it hadn’t been for that Dobermann pinscher – ah good, it used to be becoming that he died by way of his personal hand, to be able to converse. Hoisted by way of his personal petard, or those that reside via the sword die by means of the sword or whatever like that. ’ ‘One factor – between, possible, many others – I don’t comprehend. This company of you having to take Van Diemen prisoner. without doubt Van Diemen’s virtually yes skill to breed the formulation may were foreseen through the CIA again in Washington? ’ ‘It used to be foreseen. It was once meant that I kill him with the deadly crimson pen. If no longer, Harper – who most likely carried a vest pocketful of crimson pens – used to be slated to take care of him on Tuesday evening, the meant time of the break-in. He may have gotten off with it – he was once as crafty as he used to be exceptional – and there may were not anyone to testify opposed to him. i'd were lifeless. ’ She checked out him and shuddered. He smiled. ‘It’s in all places now. Harper instructed me a fairy tale approximately Van Diemen’s center and insisted that I used the black fuel pen opposed to him. the necessity to use both didn't come up. It was once Harper’s – and, after all, his masters’ – purpose that Van Diemen should still continue to exist. As I acknowledged, Harper died through his personal hand – and Van Diemen by means of Harper’s. Harper is completely answerable for the deaths of either Van Diemen and himself. ’ ‘But why – why did he do it? ’ ‘Who is aware? Who will ever recognize? A committed anti-American? 1000000 funds at the nail? the incentive – or motivations – of a double agent lie past comprehension. now not that it issues now. Sorry, by the way, that I jumped on you that evening in manhattan – I had no technique of realizing no matter if my kin was once alive or useless. you recognize, after all, why Harper despatched us to the eating place that evening – in order that he can have my stateroom bugged. Which jogs my memory – i have to ship a telegram to have Carter arrested. And Morley – Harper’s bogus electronics pal who bugged my stateroom at the educate. And now, i've got a fragile query for you. ’ ‘And that's? ’ ‘May i'm going to the men’s room? ’ So he went to the men’s room. There he extracted from his within pocket the papers he had taken from Van Diemen’s submitting cupboard. He didn't even examine them. He tore them into tiny items and flushed them down the lavatory.

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