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By L. Ron Hubbard

American Sailor Kurt Reid is a hothead and a troublesome case—a guy who hits first and asks questions later.  As scrappy and tough round the edges as Jimmy Cagney, it’s no ask yourself that once the ship’s captain turns up useless, it’s Reid who takes the rap.

Falsely accused and less than the gun, Reid jumps send and vanishes into Shanghai —only to get stuck in an internet of intrigue, betrayal, and murder.  In an international the place not anything is what it kind of feels and every thing is on the market, he’s quickly out of his intensity, drawn right into a undercover agent video game within which the winner takes all . . . and the loser takes a knife to the back.

Will Reid stay as much as his recognition because the secret agent Killer? He’ll need to examine the principles quick, simply because with avid gamers like horny Russian agent Varinka Savischna within the hunt, the sport is set to show as seductive because it is sinister. 

As a younger guy, Hubbard visited pre-Communist China 3 times, the place his closest buddy headed up British intelligence.  In a land the place communists, nationalists, conflict lords and international adventurers schemed for keep an eye on, Hubbard won a different perception into the intelligence operations and spy-craft within the region—a wisdom that informs tales like undercover agent Killer.

 “Vividly written, super-fast-paced.” —Ellery Queen

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Varinka threw the guns onto the ground of the automobile. “Tobi-dasu! ” cried Kurt back. the 2 squaddies jumped clear of Varinka and swung out precipitately. The truck was once bobbing up and the warriors there had already noticeable the lifeless physique of the captain at the flooring. A rifle bullet ripped during the again window and bored a glowing gap within the windshield. Kurt threw the auto in equipment and stamped at the accelerator. The traveling automobile lurched and accrued velocity. Varinka crouched low. A slug ripped the tonneau over her head. “Head south! ” cried Varinka. Kurt whipped the computer round a nook and raced out alongside a coarse street. A gate used to be sooner than them. guards, seeing the pursuit of the truck, stepped out with leveled rifles without delay in entrance of the automobile. Kurt jerked the wheel to the correct and left. the japanese jumped apart. The computing device careened out during the dual towers and roared down a twisting highway into China right. Varinka climbed over the again of front seat and settled herself beside Kurt. She smiled at him. He anticipated a few type of compliment and used to be all able to flip it apart. yet she stated, “I don't imagine that Anne Carsten might do this factor. I suggest to trap the weapons ahead of they shoot. ” Kurt stabbed her with a black-eyed look, “Why deliver her up? ” Varinka smiled and folded her palms upon her lap. She was once sitting rather comfy, even supposing the automobile plunged down a winding grade at sixty miles an hour. “I thought,” stated Varinka, “that you really liked her. ” “Hell, no,” acknowledged Kurt. She seemed disenchanted. “But she is my buddy. ” not anything approximately how he had gotten there, not anything, approximately what they'd do or the place they'd cross. Kurt snorted. Varinka sat there baiting him approximately love. Wind whined in the course of the gap within the windshield. The motor bellowed. Carts and droves of camels spilled off the line to make means for the juggernaut. the area used to be totally conscious now, out of bed its enterprise. The morning solar yellowed the apparent which stretched clear of the hills deep into China. The truck was once a ways in the back of them, misplaced in dirt, a lot too sluggish to maintain speed with Kurt’s masterful using and the traveling car’s Western engine. They rode for part an hour after which Varinka raised as much as glance at the back of them. “They have long gone now. fortunate, eh? you could flip on the subsequent street and head east. ” “East? That’ll take us again into eastern territory. ” “You needs to head east,” acknowledged Varinka. “I have enterprise. ” “Say, pay attention, haven’t you had adequate? ” “Oh, no. i have to by no means go away unfinished enterprise. Head east. ” Grudgingly, Kurt became down the line which was once a ways worse than the only he left. He was once commencing to imagine that Varinka was once loopy. He suggestion he knew it while the line all started a bit northeast. He used to be yes they might run into eastern troops and the notice will be telegraphed prior to them. There will be no get away now. yet he didn’t are looking to argue with the woman. He revered her an excessive amount of. They got here to a different crossroads and to a ruined stone tower whose stones strewed its base. Withered creepers clung forlornly to the cracked constitution.

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