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Traitor's Blood

Reginald Hill: Traitor's Blood (USA 2009)

From the Publisher:
Lemuel Stanhope-Swift -- sixth Viscount Bessacarr and semi-professional cad -- has for ages been on the lam from British justice, holed up in a tropical paradise and slowly drinking himself to death with a succession of young lovelies whose names he doesn't bother to recall. But when he's diagnosed with terminal cancer, he is struck with a sentimental desire to say farewell to the daughter he abandoned years ago. Back on British soil, Lem finds that Her Majesty's secret service has arranged a welcome-home party of sorts. They'd be delighted to help Lem see his daughter, they say. But they would like a wee something in exchange. It seems that Lem's father -- the fifth Viscount, that would be -- some while ago defected to Moscow. He was quiet as a bunny for the longest time, but now he's starting stirring up trouble. So if Lem wouldn't mind, they'd like him to terminate Papa. And with, you know, rather extreme prejudice.

Reginald Hill: Traitor's Blood. Felony & Mayhem, ISBN 9781934609187 (January, 2009), 325 p., $14.95.






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