Secret Ministry (A Johnny Fedora Espionage Assignment Book 1)
He had fought the Nazis throughout the war and no man knows their treacherous methods better than he. But he has to be the first to succeed. For Cory fans, to read him is to become one, the only complaint may be that the excitement's over too soon. Europe is recovering from a war that has changed the face of world diplomacy. A man is murdered and a secret treasure - a cache of diamonds worth millions — is stolen.
The diamonds hold the key to a mystery that has reached the attention of British Intelligence. Johnny Fedora, a debonair British secret agent, is brought in to investigate. As Fedora slowly uncovers, the murder is entangled in an espionage plot, where nothing is what it seems.
Provocative and unpredictable, Dead Man Falling is a journey back in time to post-war Europe and to an age in espionage before the dawn of computers and high-tech. A tale of deception and murder, desire, seduction and betrayal that will keep you spellbound until its shattering climax. Winner of the Sunday Times' Best Crime novel of the year, Desmond Cory delivers yet again a near-perfect mystery novel, written with intelligence and laced with wit, mystery and suspense.
Johnny Fedora, a debonair British secret agent, knew he had only one week to prevent the Communists taking over Trieste - if he could stay alive to find the dreaded political genius Panagos, whose acumen for anarchy had left a trail of bloody revolution across the continent. In a relentless race against the clock, Johnny finds: Ingenious and utterly unpredictable, Intrigue is a journey back in time to post-war Europe and to an age in espionage before the dawn of computers and high-tech gizmos.
A tale of deception and murder, desire, intrigue and betrayal, Intrigue will keep you spellbound until its shattering climax. Learn more about Amazon Prime. All Formats Kindle Edition. A tremendous exciting tale". Books in This Series 4 Books Hide books already in your library 0. A British secret agent entangled in a murder mystery at the dawn of the Cold War. In this respect, Desmond Cory and his characters such as Fedora are arguably ahead of their contemporaries.
Secret Ministry (Johnny Fedora Espionage Assignment) by Desmond Cory
Johnny is a secret agent whose forte is the ability to outshoot, outwit, and outmaneuver his Cold War opponents. Unlike Trout, Johnny lacks a solid education. In Intrigue, written in , he does not recognize lines from Alice in Wonderland or Julius Caesar, and when Trout mentions that someone is descended from the Medici, Johnny asks what a Medici is.
He relies on native cunning rather than acquired knowledge to outsmart his opponents. His one cultural asset is his love of music. Thanks to a benefactor, Johnny did get piano lessons, and he developed into a pianist who is equally proficient playing classical music, jazz, or boogie woogie. He is very protective of his hands; a delicate touch is needed on the ivories as well as on the trigger. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem?
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Officially, World War II was over. But a series of mysterious "accidents" involving R. How were they operating? Any number of people could have been involved, from a sultry songstress at a plush London gambling club to a sullen Czech whose only friend was The problem: Any number of people could have been involved, from a sultry songstress at a plush London gambling club to a sullen Czech whose only friend was a hypodermic needle.
All were suspect; most were deadly.
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With an impressive wartime record in the anti-Nazi underground, he was the obvious choice and British Intelligence tagged him for the job. They would give him what help they could, but after that he was very much on his own. Mass Market Paperback , pages. Published by Award Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Read it in one day just kept me going to find the end! I thought it was very very slow. Quit halfway through and I almost never quit on a book. A must-read for all fictional espionage fans, Desmond Cory's Secret Ministry centres on Johnny Fedora, professional killer for British Intelligence, whose assignment is to kill "Gestapo men, Army officers, quislings, traitors - anybody that we consider[ed] better dead than alive.
Fedora is, as his boss Squires relates, "twenty-six years old; five foot elev A must-read for all fictional espionage fans, Desmond Cory's Secret Ministry centres on Johnny Fedora, professional killer for British Intelligence, whose assignment is to kill "Gestapo men, Army officers, quislings, traitors - anybody that we consider[ed] better dead than alive.
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