As Ian Fleming's sixth Bond novel begins, Commander Strangways, the local station chief of Her Majesty's Secret Service in the Caribbean, and his secretary are slain by a group of efficient assassins. Their files are burnt and their bodies are made to disappear.
Sent out to investigate the case is Commander James Bond, codename 007. Still recuperating from his recent encounter with a Russian assassin's poisoned blade, Bond is being sent on what everyone else assumes to be just a case of lovers abandoning their post.
Arriving in Kingston, Jamaica, Bond soon concludes that Strangways and his assistant are dead. Avoiding attempts on his own life by toxic insect, speeding automobile, and poisoned fruit, Bond traces the attempts to a mysterious island known as Crab Key.
Traveling there with his old friend and native guide Quarrel, Bond meets and befriends a voluptuous shell-diver named Honeychile Rider, who is soon captured with Bond by the minions of the island's owner, the mysterious Doctor No.
This report prepared by James Craver