Spy Killer (Mystery & Suspense Short Stories Collection)

By L. Ron Hubbard

American Sailor Kurt Reid is a hothead and a troublesome case—a guy who hits first and asks questions later.  As scrappy and tough round the edges as Jimmy Cagney, it’s no ask yourself that after the ship’s captain turns up lifeless, it’s Reid who takes the rap.

Falsely accused and less than the gun, Reid jumps send and vanishes into Shanghai —only to get stuck in an online of intrigue, betrayal, and murder.  In an international the place not anything is what it kind of feels and every little thing is on the market, he’s quickly out of his intensity, drawn right into a secret agent online game within which the winner takes all . . . and the loser takes a knife to the back.

Will Reid dwell as much as his attractiveness because the secret agent Killer? He’ll need to research the principles speedy, simply because with gamers like horny Russian agent Varinka Savischna within the hunt, the sport is set to show as seductive because it is sinister. 

As a younger guy, Hubbard visited pre-Communist China 3 times, the place his closest buddy headed up British intelligence.  In a land the place communists, nationalists, conflict lords and international adventurers schemed for regulate, Hubbard won a distinct perception into the intelligence operations and spy-craft within the region—a wisdom that informs tales like secret agent Killer.

 “Vividly written, super-fast-paced.” —Ellery Queen

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In Shanghai, there has been land put aside via treaty as a place the place foreigners might dwell and exchange, that's known as the Concession; another way referred to as “the Bund. ” coup de grâce: (French) a completing stroke. cutter: a ship’s boat, powered by way of a motor or oars and used for transporting shops or passengers. down within the mouth: dejected; depressed; disheartened. embrasures: (in fortification) openings, as a loophole during which missiles might be discharged. Frisco: San Francisco. Genghis Khan: (1162? –1227) Mongol conqueror who based the biggest land empire in heritage and whose armies, recognized for his or her use of terror, conquered many territories and slaughtered the populations of complete towns. G-men: govt males; brokers of the Federal Bureau of research. gunwale: the higher fringe of the facet of a ship. initially a gunwale was once a platform the place weapons have been fixed, and used to be designed to deal with the extra stresses imposed via the artillery getting used. hard-boiled: difficult and cynical. Hell to Halifax: a edition of the word “from the following to Halifax,” that means in all places, everywhere regardless of how faraway from right here. “Halifax” is a county in japanese Canada, at the Atlantic Ocean. Huangpu: lengthy river in China flowing via Shanghai. It divides town into areas. Kalgan: a urban in northeast China close to the nice Wall that served as either a advertisement and an army heart. Kalgan capability “gate in a barrier” or “frontier” in Mongolian. it's the jap access into China from internal Mongolia. kirei na: (Japanese) appealing. mailed fist: enhanced strength. service provider prince: an incredibly filthy rich, robust and prestigious service provider. Mikado: the emperor of Japan; a name now not used. No: (Japanese) vintage drama of Japan, built mainly within the fourteenth century, utilising verse, prose, choral tune and dance in hugely conventionalized formal and thematic styles derived from non secular resources and folks myths. previous Glory: a typical nickname for the flag of the U.S., bestowed through William driving force (1803–1886), an early nineteenth-century American sea captain. Given the flag as a present, he hung it from his ship’s mast and hailed it as “Old Glory” while he left harbor for a visit all over the world (1831–1832) as commander of a whaling vessel. previous Glory served because the ship’s legitimate flag through the voyage. Peking: now Beijing, China. postern: a small gate or front behind a development, particularly a fortress or a fortress. rapier: a small sword, specially of the eighteenth century, having a slender blade and used for thrusting. emerging sunlight: Japan; the characters that make up Japan’s identify suggest “the sun’s origin,” that's why Japan is usually pointed out because the “Land of the emerging solar. ” it's also the army flag of Japan and was once used because the ensign of the Imperial jap military and the conflict flag of the Imperial jap military till the top of worldwide battle II. sampan: any of assorted small boats of the some distance East, as one propelled through a unmarried oar over the strict and supplied with a roofing of mats.

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