When the first threats appear, they are assumed to be a hoax.
But when a hundred and twenty people are threatened with death, and only a few live because they pay the ransom, it is no hoax.
Lucifer, a paranoid young man, believes that he is Satan and has a remarkable psychic ability to predict death by natural causes. Lucifer’s ability is used by Seff’s gang to extract ransom from their rich victims. Seff selects the victims and warns them of their impending death; any who do not pay the ransom seemingly dies from natural causes, helped on their way by Seff’s executioner, Jack Wish.
By what means are the victims being killed? How is the ransom money being collected without trace from under the sea?
Modesty’s friend, Steve Collier, the renowned psychic researcher, is kidnapped to help Seff but he accidentally blows Modesty’s cover as she investigates this mystery. Taken prisoner, Modesty and her faithful lieutenant, Willie Garvin, must escape Seff’s island stronghold in the third installment of Peter O’Donnell’s best-selling Modesty Blaise series.
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, A Taste For Death, The Impossible Virgin, Pieces of Modesty, The Silver Mistress, Last Day in Limbo, Dragon’s Claw,The Xanadu Talisman, The Night of the Morningstar, Dead Man’s Handle and Cobra Trap.
Praise for Modesty Blaise:
“One of the great partnerships in fiction, bearing comparison with that of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson.”
“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.”
“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.”
“The continuing renaissance of the immortal heroine: thrilling, humorous and timeless adventures, the Modesty Blaise series are seminal British crime novels.”
The stories of Modesty… are better than James Bond and funnier.”