With a new introduction by the author. For Davina Graham a holiday in Venice is a rare chance to relax and be happy with her lover. Since her husband's murder by the KGB, she has worked and struggled hard to become the first female head of the SIS. But her new happiness is short-lived. On the Grand Canal a top US diplomat and his daughter are blown to pieces by a bomb with no apparent motive. Then begins a chain of random murders which seem to lead directly to MoscowYet Davina's old adversary, KGB head Igor Borisov, is equally baffled. For who or what is behind this campaign of terror?
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Evelyn Anthony began her writing career after meeting her husband in 1949. Primarily self-taught, she was educated at home during the War--first writing short stories for magazines. She went on to achieve success with her historical romances and espionage and thriller stories. Her novels have been selected for the American Literary Guild and The Tamarind Seed was made into a film starring Omar Sharif and Julie Andrews.From Booklist:
Anthony's international thriller--originally published in 1983 in the UK--survives the time warp nicely. In this complex, world-traveling adventure, Davina Graham, first female head of SIS, has left London to spend a holiday in Venice with her married lover, Tony Walden. Her romantic plans are soon foiled when the U.S. secretary of defense and his daughter are blown up in a massive explosion in one of Venice's canals. Davina immediately suspects her old nemesis, KGB leader Igor Borisov: the man responsible for killing her husband. When Isabelle Duvalier, France's minister of the interior, is massacred along with her whole family, it becomes clear that world leaders are being targeted. As Davina attempts to identify the assassins, readers are whisked off to London, Moscow, Paris, and Washington, D.C. Subplots focus on Davina's distrust of Tony and her damaged relationship with her parents and sister. Despite an unnecessarily convoluted plot, the story's international scope and colorful characters will hold readers' interest. Jenny McLarin
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