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The Price of Silence by Dolores Gordon-Smith

The Price of Silence

by Dolores Gordon-Smith

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This novel is a homage to the adventure stories published in the 1920’s and 1930’s which were full of daring deeds by stalwart heroes who, through quick-thinking and honorable actions, foil the villains of the piece. The McGuffin in the story is Millie, a little girl who has been kidnapped by the bad guys who could be German spies or just working for lots and lots of money. It is up to Dr Anthony Brooke, on leave from duty in the trenches, to rescue the little girl. The story has everything: the murder of a sweet old couple and their even older butler; a group of despicable blackmailers; really nasty WWI Germans officers; children in danger; daring escapes and even more daring secret entries. Oh, I almost forget the famous aviator and his lovely, tormented wife and the kindly priests who contribute to the solution plus two genuinely horrible women, And 20 millions dollars worth of gold bars! There is a brilliant amateur sleuth, Dr. Brooke’s wife, who can decipher a key cryptic message just from a few word fragments and can even pretend to be a loose woman to further the game. Le Carre this novel is not. But if the reader is prepared to check his deductive genes at the door he (or she) is in for a rollicking good time. ( )
  Liz1564 | Oct 13, 2017 |
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1915: Milly is a penniless five-year-old girl, in an orphanage in occupied Europe - with a price on her head of two thousand pounds. Why? Why is Milly worth a couple of thousand dollars to anyone? All Dr. Anthony Brooke, British secret agent, knows is that Milly is wanted by a ruthless enemy. To rescue her, Anthony must go into occupied Belgium, face deadly German guards and trick his way into a convent. But, even if he can save her, what possible use could an orphan child be to a violent gang?… (more)

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