Sunday, May 29, 2011


This was Ross Thomas's first novel and he won an Edgar Award first up.

Set in Post WWII Germany it is also the first appearance of bar owners McCorkle and Padillo. These two make several later appearances in Thomas books.

Padillio is a CIA type asset working in East Germany and uses the bar as a cover.

A good plot ,with out the humour of his later books ,but right from this first effort Thomas was going to be a master.

You can't buy these books of Thomas's in New Zealand, which is a crime, they have to be imported. The author died in 1995 and shamefully the books were allowed to go out of print.

These editions have been printed by a small US imprint and they are great.

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