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  • 1951 SECRET MINISTRY hb muller.jpg
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    1st Desmond Cory novel: 1st Fedora assignment. Germany is defeated but a select group of Hitler's henchmen continue to kill and maim. Their hideout: London. Fedora's assignment: Destroy them! Enter the world of the political assassin. Later republished as The Nazi Assassins in 1970. Story of intense excitement built up against the background of a countryclub in Sussex. Title name may come from line in Coleridge? Book may also have been serialised for BBC Radio (unconfirmed). Reviews: "A grand thriller" Dennis Wheatley
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    1951 BEGIN MURDERER hb muller.jpg
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    Desmond Cory's 2nd novel - debut novel featuring Lindsay/Lindy Grey. Crime on the Sussex Coast: On a black, wet night, Lindy finds his latest client, a wealthy painter and collector, smashed up at the foot of a cliff. Other murders follow. Set on Worthing and Brighton coastline. Title comes from line in Shakespeare's Hamlet. Reviews: "Mr. Cory may well turn out to be a British Raymond Chandler"- BIRMINGHAM POST 1951. "Slick, ingenious 'whodunnit' " PUNCH 1951. On Lindy Grey: a detective who "is ready to indulge in violence or wisecracks, yet can still consult books on criminology and quote Shakespeare"- Birgmingham Post 1951
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    1952 THIS TRAITOR DEATH hb shakespeare head.jpg
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    2nd Fedora assignment, this time in Paris. She was known as "Le Rossignol" - The Nightingale - Hitler's most beautiful and ruthless spy. With access to millions in unrecovered German gold, she's the only person who could lead a successful return to Nazi power. Fedora's single order: crush the Nightingale. Later republished as the Gestapo Files. Title based on Chaucer, The Pardoner's Tale (?)
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    1952 THIS IS JEZEBEL hb shakespeare head.jpg
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    Lindy Grey's 2nd novel: the private ex-policeman detective who can 'bang about with the best but who can also quote poetry in his most reflective moods". Title based on quote from Donne. Reviews: "Gloriously entertaining and gripping" - MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS 1952
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    1953  LADY  LOST hb  shakespeare  head.jpg
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    3rd Lindy Grey story. When he is visited one night by a minor crook with the engaging name of Snow White well, even Lindy was surprised. Apart from anything else, Snow White was dead. Murder, almost without a clue. But in the dead man's pocket was a photograph of an unknown lady. Lindy Grey's third case. You'll find him as sardonic and irrepressible as before; the girls are glamorous, the toughs as tough, the dialog as witty, the thrills as breath-taking, the pace as furious as ever. Once again, Desmond Cory handcuffs you to the page.
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    1953 DEAD  MAN FALLING  hb muller.jpg
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    3rd Fedora assignment - embarks on a missions to Austria. A bizarre honeymoon plunges Fedora into the search for a Nazi killer, and a fabulous cache of diamonds. Later published as "The Hitler Diamonds". Reviews: "Desmond Cory is a writer of thrillers who really can write. He combines verve and intelligence with genuine skill in the use of words." - SHEFFIELD TELEGRAPH 1953
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    1954 INTRIGUE hb muller.jpg
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    4th Fedora assignment: a stranger in the street, a woman at a window, and a calculating mind of an evil genius start Johnny Fedora on another gripping adventure'. Later republished as Trieste. Reviews: "Has about everything you could ask for a winner in its class"- THE STAR 1954
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    1954 SHAKEN LEAF hb muller.jpg
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    4th Lindy Grey thriller - When a body is found dead by a crime reporter it amounts to a scoop. It also makes it necessary for the paper which lost the journalist and the scoop to retain the best private detective they can find. Later adopted for Radio Play in 1959. Reviews: "well contructed, taut and convincing" BIRMINGHAM POST 1954
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    1955 CITY OF KITES hb muller.jpg
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    Theo Callas (alias Desmond Cory). Novel set in Austria 1947.
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