The men and women in Limbo have no hope of escape or rescue; they are dead to the outside world.
They know that when the old and failing Mistress of Limbo dies, their death will become a reality, for they will be destroyed. Of all the slaves in Limbo, only Danny Chavasse nourishes a slender thread of hope – that outside he has a friend who can save him, Modesty Blaise. Modesty, too, has been chosen as a candidate for Limbo. Only after an unsuccessful attempt to kidnap her does she and her incomparable henchman Willie Garvin find themselves alerted to Danny’s plight. And so the hunt begins.
Travelling from London to Switzerland and New York to the jungles of Guatemala, Modesty takes the only road to Limbo, the road of the captive, becoming a slave herself. Willie Garvin strikes from another direction with a surprising partner – Maude Tiller of British Intelligence. But Willie and Modesty are together when the crisis breaks and the battle begins – the seemingly hopeless battle for survival on the Last Day in Limbo.
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, Dragon’s Claw, The Xanadu Talisman, The Night of 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.”