The Tango Briefing

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Doubleday, 1973 - British - 277 pages
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It was just a medium twin-prop transport plane and all it had done was to crash in the desert, its crew picked by vultures, its nightmare cargo a trap for any who goes near . The nearest anyone had dared go was with a high altitude camera at sixty-five thousand feet, so Quiller wanted to go to it ... Thus begins another Quiller story in Adam Hall's terrific style.

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Review: Tango Briefing (Quiller #5)

User Review  - Terrance Bramblett - Goodreads

What can you say? Quiller is the spiest of the spies. He makes James Bond look like a Boy Scout. The ferret goes in and gets the job done. Adam Hall, the pseudonym of Elleston Trevor, wrote a number of books in the Quiller series before his death. Every one is worth reading. Read full review

Review: Tango Briefing (Quiller #5)

User Review  - Andy Lawless - Goodreads

Of all the spy books that I have read, this series is probably the best, for it uses real trade craft instead of relying on a lot of fancy gadgets. The series has been compared favorably to John Le ... Read full review


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Author Trevor Dudley-Smith was born in Kent, England on February 17, 1920. He attended Yardley Court Preparatory School and Sevenoaks School. During World War II, he served in the Royal Air Force as a flight engineer. After the war, he started writing full-time. He lived in Spain and France before moving to the United States and settling in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1946 he used the pseudonym Elleston Trevor for a non-mystery book, and later made it his legal name. He also wrote under the pseudonyms of Adam Hall, Simon Rattray, Mansell Black, Trevor Burgess, Roger Fitzalan, Howard North, Warwick Scott, Caesar Smith, and Lesley Stone. Even though he wrote thrillers, mysteries, plays, juvenile novels, and short stories, his best-known works are The Flight of the Phoenix written as Elleston Trevor and the series about British secret agent Quiller written as Adam Hall. In 1965, he received the Edgar Allan Poe Award by Mystery Writers of America and the French Grand Prix de Littérature Policière for The Quiller Memorandum. This book was made into a 1967 movie starring George Segal and Alec Guinness. He died of cancer on July 21, 1995.

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