By L. Ron Hubbard
Falsely accused and lower than the gun, Reid jumps send and vanishes into Shanghai —only to get stuck in an internet of intrigue, betrayal, and murder. In an international the place not anything is what it sort of feels and every thing is on the market, he’s quickly out of his intensity, drawn right into a undercover agent video game within which the winner takes all . . . and the loser takes a knife to the back.
Will Reid dwell as much as his recognition because the undercover agent Killer? He’ll need to examine the principles speedy, simply because with avid gamers like attractive Russian agent Varinka Savischna within the hunt, the sport is set 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 received a different perception into the intelligence operations and spy-craft within the region—a wisdom that informs tales like undercover agent Killer.
“Vividly written, super-fast-paced.” —Ellery Queen
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What a idiot he used to be to permit himself get taken in through a Russki secret agent! maybe she used to be even then going for the police—and it might be chinese language police, too. now not American or British. The Rangoon used to be less than chinese language Nationalist registry. “Whack—and off is going your head,” muttered Kurt. He discovered a decanter and poured himself a drink. Then, peering into the glass, he made up our minds that even a decanter couldn't be relied on. He set the drink down untouched. humorous woman, that Russian. She had stored him from wondering her through the sheer strength of her character. She looked as if it would have a few numbing energy over him which fell as tangible as a cloak. He felt offended at that. It didn’t make him consider robust or masculine. And now he used to be trapped back, awaiting . . . What was once he anticipating? What garbage was once that approximately China and Japan? perhaps this woman had a necessity of him. might be he used to be speculated to strong-arm for her in her paintings. probably she had had him published and had had him trailed to that tea condo. And now that he thought of it, he were published. mobilephone doorways don't open accidentally. And that sampan were convenient, too. yet why may still an individual take an curiosity in him? He wasn’t anyone yet a bucko mate off a coastwise tramp. lots of to be had white males might communicate chinese language and jap and extra dialects than he may. He sat down within the chair back. Grinned, recuperating his humorousness. the following he used to be, and he didn’t precisely brain finally. Hadn’t the woman kissed him? ladies didn’t kiss you after which cross discover a man who would narrow off your head. Or did they? a mild footstep introduced him to his toes. A key grated in a lock and the door swung inward. Kurt, who were watching for the go back of the Russian woman, gasped in shock. “Anne Carsten! ” exclaimed Kurt. the girl who entered used to be narrow, good poised and extremely attractive. Her hair was once gentle brown, matching her eyes. Her face was once aristocratic and good molded. Her physique used to be sheathed in a satin costume which whispered as she walked. She had the air of 1 who's born to command, yet her eyes have been style and her smile was once light. She gave Kurt her fingers and checked out him for lots of seconds with out talking. “I haven't visible you for 2 years, Kurt,” she acknowledged. “Since that evening you advised me that you just have been only a bucko mate, destined for the ocean, and left me so precipitately. Did I scare you badly, Kurt? ” shock nonetheless held him immobile. His brain went again to a sailor’s vacation whilst he were invited to a homosexual social functionality within the Concession. He had met this lady there, had met her amid the tinsel and pomp and dreamy tune. Anne Carsten, then, had governed the social global of Shanghai in the course of the place of her service provider prince father, a guy who had considering died. Their curiosity in one another have been heightened by means of the romance of the evening, until eventually . . . “I can have given you so much,” stated Anne, accusingly. “I may have made you a king of captains, yet you have been apprehensive, weren’t you? ” Kurt laughed, embarrassed. “I didn’t are looking to be referred to as Anne Carsten’s husband. i needed to be Mr. Reid, no longer Mr. Carsten.