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A Touch of Danger (1973)

by James Jones

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A vacation in the Greek islands becomes complicated when a private eye is drawn into the murky waters of international hashish smuggling His name is Frank Davies, but friends and clients call him Lobo. A private eye with a law degree, Lobo doesn't like to get rough but he'll do it for a friend. When a rich friend sends him to Paris to retrieve some stolen money, he earns himself a trip to Greece as a reward. It's supposed to be a vacation, but as soon as he arrives he's working again.   First his landlady, an English woman married to a Greek, asks his help bringing her cheating husband to heel. Though he doesn't like her, he finds himself morbidly fascinated by her train wreck of a marriage. Then he meets a countess with a blackmail problem, and offers her a little pro-bono work. As he digs beneath the island's sunny surface, Lobo learns that no matter how beautiful the scenery, secrets are always ugly.   This ebook features an illustrated biography of James Jones including rare photos from the author's estate.… (more)
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There's possibly a tighter, better 200 page story hidden away in here, but it's mostly unintentionally hilarious grumpiness about cardboard cutout hippies and a litany of all liquor consumed. ( )
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A vacation in the Greek islands becomes complicated when a private eye is drawn into the murky waters of international hashish smuggling His name is Frank Davies, but friends and clients call him Lobo. A private eye with a law degree, Lobo doesn't like to get rough but he'll do it for a friend. When a rich friend sends him to Paris to retrieve some stolen money, he earns himself a trip to Greece as a reward. It's supposed to be a vacation, but as soon as he arrives he's working again.   First his landlady, an English woman married to a Greek, asks his help bringing her cheating husband to heel. Though he doesn't like her, he finds himself morbidly fascinated by her train wreck of a marriage. Then he meets a countess with a blackmail problem, and offers her a little pro-bono work. As he digs beneath the island's sunny surface, Lobo learns that no matter how beautiful the scenery, secrets are always ugly.   This ebook features an illustrated biography of James Jones including rare photos from the author's estate.

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