The Spy and the Thief: A Jeffery Rand and Nick Velvet by Edward D. Hoch

By Edward D. Hoch

EISBN-13: 978-1-4804-5679-2

A double-barreled collection—two of Edward D. Hoch’s such a lot creative creations

In the headquarters of Britain’s international place of work, a secretary spies a tv actor creating a reproduction of a top-secret key. In an island republic, an intelligence operative is murdered simply mins sooner than exposing a Communist mole. And in a bustling japanese urban, the chilly warfare reaches a turning aspect over a bit of movie the dimensions of a pinhead. those are situations for C. Jeffery Rand, the fixer inside of Britain’s mystery carrier. he's shiny, ruthless, and shrewdpermanent adequate by no means to be stunned via the depths to which an enemy undercover agent may perhaps sink.

Where Jeffery Rand is hard-nosed, Nick Velvet has a supple contact. A grasp thief, Velvet has a specific ability for stealing strange goods. the place traditional thieves should be content material with jewels or financial institution notes, Velvet pilfers infrequent tigers, water from pools, and the letters on a firm sign.

In this assortment, you'll find seven tales of Rand and 7 of Velvet—two remarkable males, one on each side of the legislation, every one with a knack for doing the very unlikely

Show description

Read Online or Download The Spy and the Thief: A Jeffery Rand and Nick Velvet Collection PDF

Best mystery books

The A.B.C. Murders (Hercule Poirot, Book 13)

Whilst Alice Ascher is murdered in Andover, Hercule Poirot is already directly to the clues. Alphabetically talking, it's one down, twenty-five to move.

Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor (Jane Austen Mysteries, Book 1)

For everybody who loves Jane Austen. .. a marvelously wonderful new sequence that turns the incomparable writer into a unprecedented sleuth!

On a trip to the property of her good friend, the younger and gorgeous Isobel Payne, Countess of Scargrave, Jane bears witness to a tragedy. Isobel's husband—a gentleman of mature years—is felled by way of a mysterious and agonizing affliction. The Earl's demise turns out a merciless blow of destiny for the newly married Isobel. but the bereaved widow quickly reveals that it's simply the start of her misfortune. .. as she gets a sinister missive accusing her and the Earl's nephew of adultery—and homicide. Desperately afraid that the letter will divulge her to the worst kind of scandal, Isobel begs Jane for aid. And Jane reveals herself embroiled in a dangerous research that might quickly have her following a path of clues that leads the entire method to Newgate legal and the home of Lords—a path which can good position Jane's personal individual within the gravest jeopardy.

An Impartial Witness (Bess Crawford Mystery, Book 2)

Global warfare I nurse Bess Crawford, brought in an obligation to the lifeless, returns in an exhilarating new secret during which a homicide attracts her inexorably into the points of interest of a crafty killer

It is the early summer season of 1917. Bess Crawford has lower back to England from the trenches of France with a convoy of significantly wounded males. one in every of her sufferers is a tender pilot who has been burned past acceptance, and who clings to lifestyles and the photograph of his spouse that's pinned to his tunic.

While passing via a London educate station, Bess notices a lady bidding an emotional farewell to an officer, her grief heart-wrenching. after which Bess realizes that she turns out usual. in truth, she's the girl within the pilot's picture, however the guy she is seeing off isn't her husband.

Back on responsibility in France, Bess discovers a newspaper with a drawing of the woman's face at the entrance web page. Accompanying the drawing is a plea from Scotland backyard looking details from a person who has obvious her. For it seems that the lady used to be murdered at the very day Bess encountered her on the station.

Granted go away to talk with Scotland backyard, Bess turns into entangled within the case. although an arrest is made, she needs to delve into the depths of her very soul to make a decision if the police will hold an blameless guy or a vicious killer. Exposing in reality dangerous—and will placed her personal lifestyles at the line.

A Murderous Yarn (Needlecraft Mysteries, Book 5)

Heavens to Betsy Devonshire! She by no means meant to get so stuck up during this year's vintage motor vehicle race. yet as sponsor of 1 of the entrants, she can't support yet preserve a detailed eye at the outcome—and it's now not lovely. one of many drivers by no means makes it to the end line. His vehicle is located exploded in flames.

Extra resources for The Spy and the Thief: A Jeffery Rand and Nick Velvet Collection

Sample text

I don’t mean that I was forever in Clarke’s company. He knew two other people—a Mr. and Mrs. Logan, Mr. Logan being something in the wholesale grocery trade—who entertained him royally. But whenever he tracked down a new museum, he came rushing round and got me to go with him. It seemed a harmless enough hobby. ” said Tess, pouring tea. ” She lifted her eyes. “But, Bob. ” “The Soane. Hold on! ” “I did,” answered Tess, without expression. The white china teapot gleamed as she manipulated it. ” But discomfort touched that chimney corner, palpably and uneasily.

Logan. ” We shook our heads. “Mrs. Logan is Welsh,” said Clarke. “Or at least so I should judge from her Christian name, which is Gwyneth. She is much younger than her husband; extremely attractive physically; and not, I should have thought, of the temperament to enjoy this. But she seems keen to go. And in any case”—here a 41 curious smile spread across Clarke’s face, showing teeth as white and strong as a dog’s—“I think her husband will persuade her to go. Logan himself you will like. He is the modern business man of the most hard-headed and skeptical type.

It’ll be … See here. This is how we do it. Clarke invites down to the country, for a housewarming, say six guests. Each guest is carefully chosen as being a different emotional type. Do you see? We invite, for instance, the hard-headed business man who doesn’t believe in any ruddy nonsense. We invite the artistic type, all imagination and nerves. We invite the scientific type. We invite the lawyer or the legal type, who believes in nothing but evidence. And so on. For several days we expose these people to the influence of Longwood House; and see how it takes each of ’em in turn.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.81 of 5 – based on 22 votes