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Death of an Agent
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The fourth Kiwi spy story featuring ex-detective and ex-spycatcher Dan Delaney takes place in Wellington in Easter 1965 during the first confrontational student protests against the New Zealand government decision to send Kiwi troops to Vietnam. Delaney is forced to help the NZ S... read full description below.
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||Crime, Thriller & Adventure
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Ru Patterson, the country's leading broadcaster, is organizing protests against President Johnson's envoy Henry Cabot Lodge, in Wellington to pressure New Zealand to send troops to Vietnam. Dan Delaney is first on the scene of a young naked woman dead in a hot tub and Ru unconscious beside her. Dan interferes with evidence to protect his friend. The NZ Security Intelligence Service continues the deceased agent's attempts to sideline Patterson and infiltrate students threatening violence, including an anarchist attracted to arson.
Delaney is dragooned into helping the authorities, threatening his personal relationships with Ru and his daughter Hinemoa, Dan's goddaughter. Hine is a headstrong young drama student mixed up in marijuana trafficking and in mad, crazy love with an older student who treats her no better than the parts they play, Hamlet and Ophelia. With Ru sidelined, Dan is well aware of his duty of care.
Delaney is caught up in gang and police threats against Hine, a police raid on a suspected marijuana dealer, an SIS interrogation, the planting of an incendiary device in a student theatre, an unexpected encounter with Prime Minister Keith Holyoake, student confrontation at Lodge's airport arrival and an incendiary incident at Parliament, with Special Task Force marksmen surrounding the building. The stability of the ANZUS alliance and Dan's family life depend on the outcome.
This is the fourth outing for the former police detective and spy-catcher, who investigated a Nazi threat to a New Zealand scientist, an attempt to assassinate Prime Minister Peter Fraser and the West Auckland theft of a religious icon with international ramifications.
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
Winner of Cowan Memorial Prize 1981
||'Another great New Zealand read.' NZ Fiction reviewer Alyson Baker; 'Local thrillers are pacy novels informed by honest and astute social histories. He imagines political incidents and crafts satisfying narrative action.' Founding Going West Books and Writers' Festival Director Murray Gray
This is the 58th publication by a social historian who has six editions of Kiwi slang, histories of NZ Customs and police, Irish riots on the goldfields, ghost towns of New Zealand, a biography of a criminal lawyer, prisoner-of-war stories of Kiwis and Germans, heritage buildings, in recent years fictionalizing social history.