Passport to Peril

Passport to Peril

Book - 2009
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"Decades before Robert Brown Parker began writing his books about Spenser, a man named Robert Bogardus Parker (1905-1955) penned this extraordinary novel of post-war intrigue. From the corridors and compartments of the Orient Express to the shadowy, ruined streets of Budapest-- which he saw firsthand as a foreign correspondent during World War II-- Parker takes you on a nightmare tour of a land where life is cheap, old hatreds run strong, and a couple of Americans can find themselves in more danger than they ever imagined. With all the immediacy of the wartime dispatches Parker filed from Turkey, Danzig, Warsaw, and Bucharest and all the authority of a man who himself spent three years crossing borders without a passport and narrowly avoiding arrest by the Gestapo, PASSPORT TO PERIL paints a heart-stopping picture of desperate men in a desperate time" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: New York : Hardcase Crime, 2009.
ISBN: 9780843961195
0843961198
Characteristics: 254 p. ; 17 cm.

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horth_hill
Apr 03, 2014

Passport to Peril by Robert B Parker is a fast paced and reasonably early Cold War thriller. Set about five years after the war in occupied Austria and Hungry, the hero outwits the Soviet Russians and underground Nazis in the hunt for a Manilla envelope. Although we know what -- lists of names and addresses -- is in the envelope, we never get to know what the contents really are or what they mean. But, that's OK. It's a McGuffin -- a prop simply to justify the chase. Passport to Peril is mostly one long chase with a shadowy spy vs spy feel to it. Pacing is good. A spy thriller very much of its era.

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RichardPaul
Jul 15, 2012

Passport to Peril ---- By Robert Parker (pbk.) c - 2009 / Reprint?? Three Stars ---- I read quite a bit of this book and it is by another man named the same except for the middle name: the writing is slow in comming to whatever the point is! This author passed away in the mid-1950's. ---- (Opps!). ---- The publishers' knew exactly what they were doing, what a shame. ---- Enjoy! ---- (finished 7-19-2012)RichardPaul

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