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Smith & Jones [Paperback]

Nicholas Monsarrat
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Book Description

2 Jan 2009
Within the precarious conditions of the Cold War, diplomats Smith and Jones are not to be trusted. But although their files demonstrate evidence of numerous indiscretions and drunkenness, they have friends in high places who ensure that this doesn't count against them, and they are sent across the Iron Curtain. However, when they defect, the threat of absolute treachery means that immediate and effective action has to be taken. At all costs and by whatever means, Smith and Jones must be silenced.

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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: House of Stratus; New edition edition (2 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842321552
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842321553
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.7 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,664,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An exciting and intriguing story -- Daily Express

About the Author

Nicholas Monsarrat was born in Liverpool and educated at Cambridge University, where he studied law. His career as a solicitor encountered a swift end when he decided to leave Liverpool for London, with a half-finished manuscript under his arm and £40 in his pocket. His first book to attract attention was the largely autobiographical 'This is the Schoolroom'. During World War II he joined the Royal Navy and served in corvettes. His war experience provided the framework for the novel 'HMS Marlborough will enter Harbour', one of his best known books. 'The Cruel Sea' was made into a classic film starring Jack Hawkins. Established as a top name writer, Monsarrat's career concluded with 'The Master Mariner'. Well known for his concise story telling and tense narrative, he became one of the most successful novelists of the twentieth century, whose rich and varied collection bears the hallmarks of a truly gifted writer. A professional who gives us our money's worth. The entertainment value is high' - Daily Telegraph

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4.0 out of 5 stars Monsarrat and the cold war 22 Mar 2009
Between 1962 and 1965 four short Monsarrat novels were published under the working title 'Signs of the Times'. Each of them was succinctly dramatizing an issue, either personal or general, weighing upon men's minds in the mid-Twentieth Century.

"Smith and Jones" is the second part of the series. During the cold war two members of the foreign office defect to the other side. A secret agent is sent after them on a damage control mission. He watches as the the traitors go from being on top of the world to being betrayed to betraying each other.

Although not one of Monsarrat's main works it is still worth a read. As an added bonus: the last few sentences add a surprising twist to the story which in itself is almost worth picking up this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting... 15 Sep 2003
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What does a Security officer do when diplomats who are in his particular charge decide to defect? The case of "Smith" and "Jones" shook two continents. And what it did to the special assigned to them was something else again.
Blood-chilling...based around the Cold War era.
I highly enjoyed reading "Smith and Jones."
Monsarrat has created very interesting characters AND a very unique storyline.
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Forgotten 20 Jun 2013
By Magellan - Published on
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Many years ago I found a tattered old DTB copy of Smith & Jones in my mother's bookcase. I read it, returned it and subsequently it disappeared. Despite the thousands of books I have devoured since that time, I had never forgotten the story of the two impossibly unlikely diplomats who found themselves thrown together in an alien clime. Nicholas Monsarrat's Smith & Jones had held me totally absorbed until the very last page.
The ending left me mentally flailing.
From time to time over the years I have half heartedly attempted to track down a copy, my last forlorn attempt on Amazon in a fit of whimsy. Lo and it was...and available for Kindle.
A long time fan of Monsarrat, this is the story that prodded me so vividly over the years and refused to go away.
I couldn't recommend it more highly.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book about defecting diplomats during the Cold War 31 July 2014
By mesabi - Published on
Excellent book about defecting diplomats during the Cold War. In my opinion, Mr. Monsarrat is one of the two best writers I've ever had the pleasure of reading. The other? Neville Shute.
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