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Terror Is My Trade by Milton Lesser
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Terror Is My Trade (1958)

by Milton Lesser

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The seventh Chester Drum novel takes Drum on a journey across the European continent as he tangles with political intrigue, blackmail, mobsters, family secrets, and is filled with action aboard an ocean liner, fist fights, and a race across Italy. This novel covers a lot of territory and Drum is a spy, a political operative, a conspirator, and a genuine good guy trying to do the right thing. There is more than one femme fatale here. The Drum series is one of the toughest and most hardboiled out there, placing Drum in a different country in each novel. This is not one of the best Drum stories as the plot becomes a bit convoluted and seems to get a little lost along the way. However, the fights with the mobsters in London, Paris, and Venice are great. The chase across the Italian countryside is not to be missed and nor is the final showdown. Overall, its definitely worth a read, particularly if you enjoy the Drum series. ( )
  DaveWilde | Sep 22, 2017 |
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Crossing the Atlantic on NATO's behalf, Drum tangles with mobsters, blackmail, and murder. As the H.M.S. Queen Victoria pulls out of New York Harbor, danger encircles Chester Drum. He's sailing for Europe on the largest luxury liner ever built, but it's not big enough to hold the secrets on board - or the men who keep them. And by the time the liner reaches Southampton, she will be missing a few passengers. Drum can only hope he isn't among those who don't make it to shore. Hired by a NATO functionary as a bodyguard, the private investigator quickly learns his real assignment: protecting his client from a Chicago mobster with dreams of blackmail. Keeping the mafia at bay is tricky enough, but when a State Department colleague ends up in the line of fire, Drum sets his mind on getting even. After all, there is no better spot for vengeance than the icy waters of the open sea.… (more)

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