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Helen MacInnes

A Scottish-American author of espionage novels, Helen MacInnes was born on 7 October, 1907 and died on 20 September, 1985. She studied French and German at the University of Glasgow and graduated in 1928.

Helen worked as a librarian after receiving a diploma in 1931 and moved to New York City in 1937. Her first novel Above Suspicion was published in 1939 and she won the Columbia Prize for Literature in 1966.



Helen MacInnes Books

  • Helen MacInnes Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781783298709 - Helen MacInnes
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    Dubbed 'the queen of spy thrillers', Helen MacInnes has sold millions of copies of her books worldwide. This is a thrilling set of three espionage thrillers, including one that inspired a 1943 Joan Crawford film...

    Richard and Frances Myles' summer holiday in pre-war Europe goes awry as they're carefully monitored by shadowy figures in Above Suspicion; an ex-soldier becomes entangled in a jewellery robbery with international complications in Pray for a Brave Heart; and a young Czechoslovakian woman and her American lover are the targets of a terrifying hunt, one sure to end in death, in Snare of the Hunter.

    A treat for fans of well-written spy fiction, the three books are full of twists, turns and fast-paced action. A highly recommended collection of books!
  • AGGWH
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    After years of war, Paul Haydn was on his way home to New York at last, but he would never forget the tormented people of Berlin. They had survived the War - but now a new, sinister presence threatened them. Back home, he discovers that some of his former colleagues have dangerous political sympathies, and begins to realise why there is such interest in his counter-propaganda skills.
  • AIRFQ
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    David Bosworth and Penelope Lorrimer seem to have everything against them. He is a penniless Oxford undergraduate; she is the daughter of a well-to-do Edinburgh family. Nevertheless they defy the gulf between them, and the opposition they encounter draws them closer. But as the shadow of war creeps over Europe, there will be greater challenges before they can hope to be together.
  • AFRDM
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    "That delay in the delivery of the message from Ma?laga could have been absolutely disastrous. As it was, there had been irreparable loss: an agent dead."
    Under the Mediterranean sun, a drama begins in a cafe in Malaga. For Ian Ferrier, an employee of the United States Space Agency on holiday to visit his old friend Jeff Reid, it means the startling discovery that Reid is not just a wine exporter, but rather engaged in smuggling communist defectors to the West. Events take a turn for the worse when Ferrier, a stranger to the deadly world of espionage, must take sole charge of a high-ranking KGB agent.
    Alone in an frighteningly alien landscape, he can afford no mistakes when choosing whom to trust...
  • AFBQC
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  • AHBOO
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    When Karen Cornell, a beautiful journalist on assignment in Czechoslovakia, agrees to help a would-be defector by carrying top-secret documents to Washington, she is pulled into an astonishing web of terrorism, political assassination, blackmail, espionage, and treason in the highest levels of both superpowers. One false move could cost Karen her life-and throw the world into a violent war.
  • AIZCJ
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    After years of war, Ulysses finally returns to Ithaca. Rather than the joyous welcome he had hoped for, he finds his palace full of suitors, all scheming to possess his wife, and Penelope is wondering why it has taken him seven years to get home. Meanwhile Homer becomes increasingly irritated that they are not adhering to the plot of his new book, and the goddess Athena has had enough of irrational mortal behaviour.
  • AHENN
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  • AFOEE
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    Twenty-one years ago, with the Allies on their heels, the Nazis hid a sealed chest in the dark, forbidding waters of the Finstersee, a lake surrounded by the brooding peaks of the Austrian Alps. One of the few men who knows of its existence is Richard Bryant, a British agent. He sets out alone to discover the secret of the lake and unleashes a series of violent reactions - and violent deaths...
  • AEQUT
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    He stared at the unfamiliar watch on his wrist. Three hours ago he had stood on English soil. Three hours ago he had been Martin Hearne, British Intelligence agent. Now he was in Nazi-occupied Brittany, posing as Bertrand Corlay. Hearne looked down at the faded uniform which had been Corlay's felt for the papers in the inside pocket. He was ready. From now on he was one step away from death...
  • AENXP
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    Nazi Germany, 1939. Von Aschenhausen sat on the edge of a large desk, his eyes fixed on the man standing over the girl roped to a chair. "You fool. You stupid little fool. Can't you see I must, I will find out? My patience is limited. Kurt, try some more of your persuasion." The girl felt a hand of iron on her aching shoulder. She struggled weakly against the ropes that held her, but they only cut deeper...
  • AEYDI
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    A phone call prompts Bill Lammiter, a young American playwright, to follow a former girlfriend to Rome. There Lammiter saves a mysterious Italian girl from a beating and the fat is in the fire. A kidnapping, a battle in a Renaissance villa, a shrewd gamekeeper, a chance snapshot and a touring preppy contribute to the excitement and suspense of this Cold War thriller.
  • AFKBC
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    While on assignment in Paris and Venice, an American journalist works desperately to expose Communist espionage activities...Fenner burned Rosenfeld's message, reminding himself wryly that he was behaving in the very best tradition. This was a game not too difficult to learn, he thought. A game? A game in deadly earnest. Where, he wondered suddenly, would Venice lead?