The much-loved comic thriller by the author of the Edgar Awardawinning The Butcheras Boy is now, by popular demand, back in print, featuring a new Introduction by bestselling author Carl Hiaasen. When Leroy aChinesea Gordon breaks into a professoras lab at the University of Los Angeles, heas after some pharmaceutical cocaine, worth plenty of money. Instead, he finds the papers the professor has compiled for the CIA, which include a blueprint for throwing a large city into chaos. But how is the CIA to be persuaded to pay a suitable ransom, unless of course someone actually uses the plan to throw a large city into chaosaLos Angeles, for instance? Assigned to cope with the crisis and restore the peace, veteran agent Ben Porterfield steps onto the scene to remind us that the CIAas middle name is, after all, Intelligence. Enlivening the mix are Gordonas beautiful girlfriend, Margaret, his temperamental cat, Dr. Henry Metzger, and Metzgeras friend, an enormous half-wild dog with huge teeth.He sighted along the thin wire, following its sagging length to where it turned up again and became invisible against the dark mountainside. ... metal safety bars with the centrifugal force of its demonic spinning. ... the mountain toward them, then grew into a set of lighted windows, then resolved itself into a little rectangular box floating down the cable. Morrison listened to the heavy machines behind the wall of the building, a cyclical sound like wheels turning and an armature thumping.
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