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Harry Pendel is tailor to the rich and famous of Panama; his skills are renowned. Few know that they were gained from spending some quality time in a British jail for arson. Panama is a hot bed for drugs, gun running, and maybe even worse things. The British secret service would love to have access to some human based intelligence from Panama. What better candidate than the tailor to the politicians and crooks.
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Harry is recruited into the murky world of spying by Andrew Osnard. Osnard is at first a seducer, but it does not take long before the seduction takes on a more sinister turn, Osnard knows more about Harry, than Harry would like. Harry's money problems are large, he has a mistress, plus that little issue with the British justice system, these all add up to a lot of potential misery for someone well respected in Panama.

Harry becomes the 'ear' for the security services, and he gives them the best gossip. Gossip beyond their wildest dreams. Is Harry naughty or nice though, that is the question?

The review of this Book prepared by Simon Barrett

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   main char. spying/sabotage Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   commies! Search for technology?    -   state secrets

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   thief/con artist Ethnicity/Race    -   British


The Americas (not US):    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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