Confessor by John Gardner

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Retired and miserable, Big Herbie searches for an old friend’s killers
Heartbroken and unemployed, Herbie Kruger has turned to the bottle. Over decades in the Secret Intelligence Service, he has learned to hold his liquor well—pairing his scotch with English agents and vodka with the Russians—but lately, he’s been going to pieces. And it will take an old friend’s death to draw him out of his funk—and back into the line of fire. Fellow retiree Gus Keene was driving down a quiet street when his car erupted into a ball of fire. The Service’s “Chief Confessor,” Keene was an interrogation specialist, willing to do anything to get answers. As Big Herbie digs into his friend’s murder, he finds evidence of a widespread terrorist network. But the reason for Gus’s killing may be connected to his secret hobby: magic. As Big Herbie digs deeper into the cutthroat world of professional illusionism, the more likely it is that someone will make him disappear.  
 

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John Gardner, one of the authors of the well-known James Bond stories, was born in Northumberland, England on November 20, 1926. He attended Cambridge University and was a member of the Royal Marines. He became a journalist and a critic after leaving the service. Gardner's first novel was "The Liquidator" (1964) and it introduced the character Boysie Oakes. In the 1970's, he wrote a series of novels known as the Moriarty Journals, which brought back Professor Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes' nemesis. In the 1980's, the holders of the James Bond copyright commissioned him to begin a new series with 007. The first Bond novel written by Gardner was "License Renewed" (1981), which was a success. From that point on, Gardner produced a new Bond novel every year, with the exception of 1985, until he retired from the series in 1996. The Bond titles that followed were "For Special Services" (1982), "Icebreaker" (1983), "Role of Honour" (1984), "Nobody Lives Forever" (1986), "No Deals, Mr. Bond" (1987), "Scorpius" (1988), "Win, Lose, or Die" (1989), "Brokenclaw" (1990), "The Man from Barbarossa" (1991), "Death is Forever" (1992), "Never Send Flowers" (1993), "Seafire" (1994), and "Cold" (aka Cold Fall) (1996).
 
Published May 7, 2013 by MysteriousPress.com/Open Road. 416 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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As the clock ticks down on Magic Lightning -- fueled by a state-of-the-art killing device -- Herbie discovers that Gus, an amateur magician who dazzled the pros, had been running an Intiqam agent code-named Jasmine in Iraq for years, and had turned the leader of Intiqam's London cell -- all witho...

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