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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: House of Stratus; New edition edition (31 Jan 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842320181
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842320181
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.7 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,915,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Sizzling adventure.' EVENING STANDARD

'As long as meticulous craftsmanship and honest entertainment are valued, and as long as action, authenticity, and expertise still make up the strong framework of the good adventure/thriller, Desmond Bagley's books will surely be read.' REGINALD HILL, Twentieth Century Crime and Mystery Writers

'Bagley is a master storyteller.' DAILY MIRROR

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About the Author

Desmond Bagley wrote 16 novels, becoming one of the world's top-selling authors, with his books translated into more than 30 languages. He was born in 1923 in Kendal and brought up in Blackpool, beginning his working life, aged 14, in the printing industry. After working in an aircraft factory during the Second World War, he decided to travel, working his way through Europe and southern Africa, and in 1951 joined the gold mining industry before becoming a freelance journalist in Johannesburg, where he wrote his first novel, The Golden Keel, in 1962. In 1964 he returned to England, finally settling in Guernsey with his wife, where he died in 1983.

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By Graham Read on 21 Jan 2014
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If you like thrillers and haven't read this, I promise that - once you have read the first chapter - you will have to keep reading. ATS, one of the classics of the genre.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Newman on 5 Jan 2009
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This book is undoubtedly the best I have ever read. It is both an interesting study of what happens to the human mind when confronted with the unimaginable, and a gripping story filled with action based at the height of the Cold War.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Jun 2001
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As usual, Bagley holds your attention from beginning to end. The plot twists and turns throughout. I wasn't sure when I read the synopsis but I'd definitely recommend it.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on 14 Aug 2003
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I read this book years ago. Such a gripping story I still haven't forgotten about it. Certainly suggest you read it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
masterful 20 Dec 2002
By L. Wadley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Few Americans can write with the style of the great Brittish writers. Bagley's writing is among the best I have ever encountered. This is no small praise due to the fact that I am a librarian. This novel has a plot that actually twists and characters that actually develop without too much unnecessary detail. The use of geographical description and fluid plot development keep the pages turning. A great read from an author who unfortunately is lesser known.
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So realistic you feel as if you are right there. 11 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
From the start of this book I felt as though I could have been standing there watching it happen. It seemed to me that the author must have had great knowledge of the regions where this takes place because he payed much attentiopn to detail, not only geographical, but also historical. I find this very important in any story. The suspense of this novel is so great that throughout it all I couldn't wait to go on and I did not want it to end. This book definately ranks at the top of my list.
I could visualize a "Harry Palmer"-like spy film from the 60's as the plot and scenes unfolded. 14 July 2014
By janthree - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Giles Dennison of Hampstead wakes up in a hotel room not knowing how he got there. It happens all the time to men sleeping off benders. Only this time there's a real, terrifying twist. Giles doesn't seem to have been drinking and the face he sees in the mirror is not his! In fact, his wallet, passport, all of his clothing and personal items belong to a stranger. Is he really Giles Dennison or is he really this stranger? Cue the mandolin music that spy movie directors of the early 1960's loved to use and the caper begins.

In "The Tightrope Men", Desmond Bagley has written a well-crafted spy thriller. His narrative is to-the-point with a good balance between action and descriptive segues. I could visualize a "Harry Palmer"-like spy film from the 60's as the plot and scenes unfolded. Even though befuddled, our protagonist displays a high level of competence when thrown into this bewildering and dangerous adventure. As you would expect in a spy story, no one is who they seem and even the reader is not sure where the tale is going.

MINOR SPOILER (Don't worry I won't reveal the plot.): I have to admit when I first ran across the title, Tightrope Men, I was expecting something like a criminal gang of circus performers robbing a bank or maybe a spy cell made up of a high wire act that had to break into an enemy fortress. Let me just save you the annoyance of trying to figure out the title. It really has nothing to do with the plot and is explained only in the last few pages of the book. So forget tightropes and enjoy a good spy story.
A taut exciting thriller 13 April 2013
By Carrie Louise Hames - Published on Amazon.com
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One of his better thrillers. Still readable even though it is somewhat out of date. Nice edition in nice clear type.
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