Whilst sailing in the Tasman Sea, Modesty Blaise discovers Luke Fletcher, one of Britain’s greatest artists, alone on a raft with a strange gap in his memory.
On the island of Dragon’s Claw, Sam Solon, an Australian newspaper tycoon with an inferiority complex about his lack of knowledge of art, has kidnapped the world’s leading art experts, keeping them prisoner to admire his collection of stolen art treasures. Modesty and her loyal lieutenant, Willie Gavin, become involved in a complex series of murder mysteries that takes them to the island as prisoners. To escape, they must defeat Solon’s hired killers: the Reverend Uriah Crisp, an ordained minister with the greatest handgun shot in the world, and Beauregard Browne, who kills his victims using the famous handkerchief trick.
Peter O’Donnell created the character of Modesty Blaise for a strip cartoon in 1963. The series was eventually syndicated in over 42 countries and produced 13 novels (all published by Souvenir Press). In 2015, Souvenir Press is celebrating 50 years of Modesty Blaise.
Also published in our Modesty Blaise paperback series:
Modesty Blaise, Sabre-Tooth, I Lucifer, A Taste for Death, The Impossible Virgin, Pieces of Modesty, The Silver Mistress, Last Day in Limbo, The Xanadu Talisman, The Night of the Morningstar, Dead Man’s Handle and Cobra Trap.
“One of the great partnerships in fiction, bearing comparison with that of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson.”
“The stories of Modesty… are better than James Bond and funnier.”
“The mistress of the high kick is back, with these novels aimed at surfing a fresh wave of interest in her.”
“The continuing renaissance of the immortal heroine: thrilling, humorous and timeless adventures, the Modesty Blaise series are seminal British crime novels.”
“O’Donnell is one of those rare popular writers, like Josephine Tey or P.G. Wodehouse, who inspire not just fandom but love.”
New York Times Book Review
“These books are the finest escapist thrillers ever written.”
“Before Buffy, before Charlie’s Angels, before Purdy and Emma Peel there was Modesty Blaise. For almost 40 years, Peter O’Donnell’s iconic heroine drop-kicked her way through a swath of villains and into a unique place in popular culture.”
“Years before Lara Croft’s creator was even born, there was one thrill-seeking heroine who battled the baddies and served her country with distinction, grit and bags of sex appeal.”
‘What’s On In London’
“Modesty Blaise was the comic-strip criminal genius, turned occasional secret service operative, who managed to combine timeless beauty and elegance with the ability to break every bone in your body… there’s never been a better time to become acquainted.”
“One of the all-time great female action heroes, Modesty Blaise, is getting a revamp.”