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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (21 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781163359
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781163351
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Helen MacInnes (1907-1985) was the Scottish-born American author of 21 spy novels. Dubbed the queen of spy writers, her books have sold more than 25 million copies in the United States alone and have been translated into over 22 languages. Several of her books have been adapted into films, such as Above Suspicion (1943), with Joan Crawford, and The Salzburg Connection (1972).

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Love Helen MacInnes 29 May 2013
By jeannep - Published on
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To repeat another review, I started reading Helen MacInnes' work when I was a young girl - in the late fifties. I often re-read books and my copies were being held together with lots of tape, so I was thrilled to find most of them in Kindle format.
They are fun to read because she started writing her "spy" thrillers in the late forties so you can see who the current enemies were: the Nazi's in WWII, the Communist's during the cold war and afterwards, etc.
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Helen MacInnes Thrills Again 4 Sept. 2013
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Though not her very best, Agent in place is still an excellent thriller that deals with the repercussions on political divisions of WWII and the cold war that followed. A definite period piece but it still works today. My favorite of her cold war thrillers is still Ride A Pale Horse, but you won't be sorry to have read this.
a tedious narrative 3 April 2015
By Igor Dumbadze - Published on
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It has been a long time since I read a Helen MacInnes novel. It is dated, but the general gist of the plot is a fairly universal espionage tale, with an assortment of agents, code words, secret meetings, etc. It unfortunately became a tedious narrative without much insight into any of the characters; not much effort to understand their motivations, their state of minds, etc. In fact, the Russian agent who flees Moscow after the release of the NATO Memorandum - and is arguably a central character - is only described in name, a few action sequences without any reference to anything personal about the man. We can only guess at his emotional make-up, concerns, etc., and thus in many ways, do not develop any feeling for him. This is also true about a number of other individuals pivotal to the book. Perhaps that was the style of writing at that time, but it does keep you from developing any "buy in" into the book, and actually allows you to "skim" the chapters for the plot, without missing anything of substance.
A little disappointing.
favorties 10 Aug. 2014
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Always one of my favorite authors. I am rereading her books for the second time in ...don't ask how many years.
Maybe not her best, but really good and very close to today's headlines. 12 Oct. 2013
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I've been following 2 "leaker" stories lately in the news, Edward Snowden in the NSA leak, and the Wikileaks fellow from the armed forces of the USA. I couldn't help thinking how well Helen puts the ethical dilemma faced by the leakers in this book.

Yes, it's a period piece. Her descriptions of state of the art equipment of 1974 are accurate for the time, and very much outdated. But the ethical dilemma isn't outdated, nor is the tightly told suspense filled tale of what happens to the family surrounding the leaker. What about suspicion cast onto others who don't deserve it? People aren't black and white in her stories. Why do we trust people we shouldn't? Good thoughts set in a spy thriller.

It reads a little slow in the first half but is up to her usual standard by the end and I'm glad I got into it again.
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