The Venerable Bead by Richard Condon

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Undercover to nab a ring of Sino-Albanian spies operating out of a Hollywood talent agency, Iraqi-American lawyer Leila Aluja falls in love with her prey, in a satire of suspense novels. 50,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo.

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Richard Thomas Condon was a novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. He was born in New York City on March 18, 1915. Condon served in the United States Merchant Navy. He worked in advertising and was a publicist for several film companies, including Twentieth Century Fox and Walt Disney Productions. At the age of 42, Condon published his first novel, The Oldest Confession. His second novel, The Manchurian Candidate, gained him international attention and was adapted as a film starring Frank Sinatra in 1962. Condon's novels, Winter Kill and Prizzi's Honor, were also adapted for films. Condon died on April 9, 1996.
Published October 15, 1992 by St. Martin's Griffin. 308 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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A second theme is about immortality, or the extension of human life by way of a secret Albanian yogurt formula passed on to the hero, Joseph Reynard, by his departed 134-year-old great- grandfather (Joseph himself was sired by an 80-year-old father).

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