Peter O’Donnell’s first collection of short stories, Pieces of Modesty sees Modesty Blaise and Willie Garvin travel and fight their way around the world. From South America to Berlin and Finland to London, they use everything that comes to hand, from a circus cannon to human kite-flying, to survive against the odds.
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, 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 Pieces of Modesty:
“Six stories (that)… are complete and complex adventures in themselves… Modesty is still perfect, still beautiful, still iconic… If you have not discovered Modesty, either because she passed you by or, let’s face it, because you were too young, then do get hold of these.”
“Lighter in tone than Fleming’s (James Bond) novels, the Modesty stories are especially rich in characterisation, with the sparring between Modesty and Willie Garvin always a highlight… No self-respecting Modesty fan should be without it.”
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.”