By L. Ron Hubbard
Falsely accused and less than the gun, Reid jumps send and vanishes into Shanghai —only to get stuck in an internet of intrigue, betrayal, and murder. In a global the place not anything is what it sort of feels and every little thing is on the market, he’s quickly out of his intensity, drawn right into a undercover agent video game during which the winner takes all . . . and the loser takes a knife to the back.
Will Reid stay as much as his attractiveness because the secret agent Killer? He’ll need to examine the principles quickly, simply because with avid gamers like horny Russian agent Varinka Savischna within the hunt, the sport is ready to show as seductive because it is sinister.
As a younger guy, Hubbard visited pre-Communist China 3 times, the place his closest buddy headed up British intelligence. In a land the place communists, nationalists, conflict lords and overseas adventurers schemed for keep watch over, Hubbard won a different perception into the intelligence operations and spy-craft within the region—a wisdom that informs tales like secret agent Killer.
“Vividly written, super-fast-paced.” —Ellery Queen
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She paused as if unwilling to assert extra. Then, with a look up on the small window, she leaned in the direction of him and reduced her voice, “I’m afraid they suspect that I . . . A undercover agent can by no means inform who his associates and enemies are. ” He stuck a glimpse of worry in her eyes whilst she acknowledged that, however the expression was once immediately long past. “Tell me what occurred to you,” she acknowledged, lighting fixtures a protracted cigarette. Kurt snorted. “They picked me up once you left the home. Lin Wang’s males, I suggest. Lin Wang has a confession awaiting me in Shanghai and if—” The nutrition gagged him unexpectedly. He discovered then that this Takeki and Varinka have been one and a similar individual. He were despatched to Kalgan to kill Varinka, and if he didn't kill her, his personal lifestyles was once forfeit. yet then, hadn’t one in every of Yang’s males attempted to kill him? Wasn’t that bond absolved? yet nonetheless, the confession was once within the arms of Lin Wang, and Lin Wang had ordered this factor to be performed. “What’s the problem? ” acknowledged Varinka abruptly. “You’re white as a ghost! ” She moved in the direction of him. “Are you in poor health? ” “No . . . no, no. ” “Then cross on. inform me. ” Kurt concealed his face at the back of a wide drink of the whisky. You can’t inform somebody that you've got been despatched to kill them. “He despatched me North, instructed me to depart China,” stated Kurt. She didn't think him, yet neither did she query him. She basically stated, “Funny factor for Lin Wang to do. He frequently makes use of his dying Squad. ” “But i used to be happy you were given away,” acknowledged Kurt, feeling very uneasy. “Never fear approximately me,” responded Varinka. “There’s a panel and a mystery staircase, and one other door in that condo, within the local urban. ” “I nonetheless can’t determine approximately my break out, notwithstanding. ” Varinka laughed at him and hugged her knees. “I knew that you just have been to be let out from the Rangoon, and so I positioned a sampan close to the send so you wouldn’t need to swim ashore. you want to have avoided the boys Lin Wang despatched to keep on with you, yet my guy picked you up and trailed you to the tea condominium. I waited there for you and my messenger. i wished a superb, powerful guy i may belief, and that i knew that Lin Wang sought after you for a few function or different. i used to be going to scouse borrow his guy from him. ” “What did you will have me for? ” “I don’t belief chinese language, less jap. i presumed you'd be in a position to aid me and that i knew i'll assist you. I had an idea that i may turn out you blameless, and also you had this sort of acceptance as a fighter and as a linguist, i presumed it a disgrace to allow such fabric run round unfastened. and perhaps . . . perhaps, i used to be simply being type. I don’t understand. It amused me. “Tell me, Kurt, did you notice Anne Carsten there? ” “Why, definite, of course,” and for a few cause he couldn't outline he felt himself red. “Ah, so that you did meet her, eh? an outstanding girl, isn’t she? So younger to be dwelling by myself within the local urban. She should have taken relatively a complicated to you, from how you glance. She is usually considering sailors. ” “Wait a minute,” acknowledged Kurt. “I imagine she’s a swell child. ” Varinka laughed delightedly. “Then you like her, eh? ” “No, in fact no longer. ” “Why ‘of path now not’ so very gruff? might that be very unlikely?