New PDF release: City of Spades (London Novels, Book 1)

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By Colin MacInnes

London, 1957. Victoria Station is awash with boat trains discharging hopeful black immigrants right into a chilly and alien motherland. Liberal England is set to find the legacy of Empire.

And whilst Montgomery Pew, assistant welfare officer within the Colonial division, meets Johnny Fortune, lately arrived from Lagos, the assembly of minds and races takes a stunning turn…

Colin MacInnes supplies London again to the folks who create its fascinating sub-culture. Hilarious, anti-conventional, blisteringly sincere and entirely dedicated to early life and power, City of Spades is a special and encouraging tribute to a rustic close to swap.

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New PDF release: City of Spades (London Novels, Book 1)

London, 1957. Victoria Station is awash with boat trains discharging hopeful black immigrants right into a chilly and alien motherland. Liberal England is set to find the legacy of Empire.

And whilst Montgomery Pew, assistant welfare officer within the Colonial division, meets Johnny Fortune, lately arrived from Lagos, the assembly of minds and races takes a stunning turn…

Colin MacInnes provides London again to the folk who create its intriguing sub-culture. Hilarious, anti-conventional, blisteringly sincere and entirely devoted to formative years and energy, urban of Spades is a special and encouraging tribute to a rustic close to switch.

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I said nothing. "This makes his death automatically suspicious. I mean, what are the chances? It's one in forty or fifty thousand that an individual soldier will die on any given day, but to have his wife die on the same day? " "Wasn't the same day," I said. " She nodded. "OK, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day. But that just makes my point. It's inconceivable that Walter Reed had a pathologist scheduled to work last night. So they had to drag one in, specially. And from where? " I smiled, briefly.

Nearly an inch wide, maybe four inches long. It had come from the left side, and above. She had been facing the back of the house. Facing the kitchen. I glanced around and dropped her wrist and stood up and stepped into the den: A Persian carpet covered most of the floor. I stood on it and imagined I was hearing quiet tense footsteps coming down the hallway, towards me. Imagined I was still holding the wrecking bar I had used to force the lock. Imagined swinging it when my target stepped into view, on her way past the open doorway.

Green Valley, Virginia," I said. " "Home for the holidays," I said. "And we're breaking the news? " I nodded. " But I wasn't really worried. Generals' wives are as tough as they come. Either they've spent thirty years pushing their husbands up the greasy pole, or they've endured thirty years of fallout as their husbands have climbed it for themselves. Either way, there's not much left that can get to them. They're tougher than the generals, most of the time. Summer took her cap off and tossed it onto the back seat.

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