By Leon Uris

At the eve of the Cuban Missile difficulty, American and French intelligence brokers are plunged right into a maze of chilly conflict intrigue. In Paris, 1962, French intelligence leader André Devereaux and NATO intelligence leader Michael Nordstrom have exposed Soviet plans to send nuclear fingers to Cuba. but if Devereaux studies his findings and no-one acts-and he's certain in an assassination attempt-he quickly realizes he is tangled in a plot a ways more than he first understood. the 2 brokers, in addition to a small band of Cuban exiles and Soviet defectors, chase leads worldwide in a quest to avoid wasting NATO, themselves, and maybe the realm itself. Topaz is a fast paced yet deeply proficient mystery.

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François is coming again early subsequent week. I’m death so that you can meet him. Papa, I’m so completely happy you’re the following. we now have a lot to speak over. i like you, i like you. MICHELE “Have you met this younger guy? ” “François Picard? definite, Michele dragged him over for outdated Uncle Jacques’ approval. ” “Did he get it? ” “Bright adequate. Works for Télévision Nationale, and that i think he does a few type of column in a single of the weeklies, yet ... good, no relatives place to talk of, no funds. ” “Well, whatever is healthier than Tucker Brown. ” “Who? ” “Michele’s final fool. ” André lifted his suitcase at the mattress and un-snapped it. He used to be without warning lifeless drained and packed with a sense of void. “What’s the problem, André? ” “I hoped by some means ... not anything. ” “Nicole? ” “Yes. ” “She was once in Paris awhile, then simply disappeared to Montrichard, for a few cause. ” 2 THE automobiles BEARING THE americans and Granville and Devereaux reached the Élysée Palace at nearly an identical speedy. enforcing Republican guards in uniforms of the Napoleonic period opened the good iron-grille gates and so they have been handed in. They drove directly to the stone courtyard of the edifice of majesty, a last extravagance of Louis XV, bought as a house for his mistress, Madame de Pompadour. The President’s ushers, donning the chain of workplace, took them speedy previous rooms packed with Louis XV gadgets, over the Aubusson rugs and Gobelin tapestries that rose transparent to the thirty-foot ceilings. The social gathering used to be assembling within the outer workplace. André seemed around the room to Colonel Gabriel Brune. A tall, skinny guy with grey eyes. André had consistently believed before that the eyes veiled a lifeless bureaucrat. He walked to Brune and so they shook fingers coldly. “How was once the journey, Devereaux? ” “Fine. ” After an extended wordless stare, André grew to become and shook fingers with a couple of his associates. President los angeles Croix’s own leader of employees got here out and famous all have been current, together with a consultant from the Sûreté whom André had despatched for, then entered the internal place of work and lower back in a second. “The President is ready,” he stated. Pierre los angeles Croix rose majestically in the back of his great gold ornate desk, greeting the american citizens with the thinnest attainable heat. To André Devereaux, whom he had now not visible in over a 12 months, there has been a mild nod of the pinnacle. army and intelligence aides, the Director of the Presidential government, and Granville prepared themselves sooner than him. “Your President,” l. a. Croix acknowledged, “does me honor to ship the sort of individual personage. i'm definite the get together is suitable. yet let’s be transparent on one element. Are you right here to refer to or tell? ” “To inform,” Ambassador Davis replied. “Then you're to remember that los angeles Croix and France want making their very own judgements. ” “We are acutely aware. ” “You might continue. ” “We have entire proof of the creation of Soviet intermediate-range missiles in Cuba, and the President goes to announce a quarantine opposed to extra Soviet weapons,” the Ambassador acknowledged. “A blockade at sea? ” “A quarantine. peaceable shipment should not stopped.

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