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The Courier

By (author) Derek Kartun
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Cornerstone, London, United Kingdom
Imprint: Century
Published: 27th Jun 1985
Dimensions: w 140mm h 200mm
Weight: 413g
ISBN-10: 0712608524
ISBN-13: 9780712608527
Barcode No: 9780712608527

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Suspense tale about a secret gold shipment from Paris to Lisbon, set in June 1940. A British man, M. Quinton (no first name), has served three of the four years he's been sentenced to in a French prison, for having been involved in a bond swindle with the famed Stavisky, when he is suddenly released. The Germans will soon be taking Paris, and some French bankers want Quinton to move a ton of platinum and extremely rare gold coins (priceless collectors' items) from Paris to Lisbon and eventual shipment to the Free French in London to finance France's army in exile. It seems that con man Quinton, known for his luxurious tastes, has an especially magnificent Bentley up on blocks waiting for his release. With various false bottoms and other built-in compartments, the treasure can be secreted in the car and simply driven to Lisbon. Quinton agrees. He also falls in with beauteous Marie-Antoinette, who pleads that she needs a ride to the South of France to be with her parents. Since she is also an agent for a Senator Schlesser of the French government and a compulsive liar, Quinton is not, surprised that on their journey they discover they've been hoodwinked by the French police, who supposedly are behind the shipment. They literally do have the treasure, but certain police agents have decided that they can better use this cargo than can General De Gaulle. Quinton and Marie-Antoinette experience a multitude of dangerous diversions, including arrest by German soldiery, before they reach Lisbon. And there, awaiting them, is Senator Schlesser with more double-crosses up his sleeve. . . Fun dialogue, a dash of Eros, the pace of a gripping film. (Kirkus Reviews)