|Title:||The Stars are Dark (Dark #2)|
|Publisher:||Dodd, Mead & Company|
|Tags:||espionage, fiction, mystery, World War II, spy stories|
Quayle, the master of a British spy ring in World War II, is faced with the task of dealing with a man who has come from Morocco with what he says is important information about German troops there. But is the man what he seems? Quayle puts his agents into action, not hesitating to risk their lives to discover the answer, but it is Quayle who ends up doing most of the work—and who is prepared to sacrifice everything for the cause of war.
Cheyney does an excellent job of conveying the world of spying, with all its twists and double crosses. No one is what he seems, and everyone knows that; but no one is sure just what anyone else really is. Quayle tells his people no more than they need to know.
Readers of John Le Carre and William Haggard would recognize Cheyney’s world at once.—Bill Crider, mysteryfile.com. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Cheyney, Peter
Peter Cheyney, né Reginald Evelyn Peter Southouse Cheyney, (February 22, 1896—June 26, 1951) was born in London's Whitechapel and remains as Britain's leading writer of hard-boiled fiction. During his lifetime, he was a prodigious writer of short stories and crime detective novels. He averaged two books a year and numerous short stories, many of which were published in pamphlet form before being assembled and published into over 30 collections.
His two most memorable recurring characters are a ruthless machine-gun toting FBI agent named Lemmy Caution, and a British private eye, Slim Callaghan.
Cheyney based his hard-boiled detective stories on his experience as a police reporter and crime investigator in the 1920's. Despite the generally bad reviews throughout his career, his books were popular during WWII and his two leading characters became quite the sensation in France and generated numerous films both in French and English. He is also given credit for contributing to Jean-Luc Godard's dystopian art movie "Alphaville" with Lemmy Caution as the lead character.
Cheyney was a flamboyant character himself and always tried to distance himself from his humble beginnings. Sporting a gold monocle, a red carnation, an ornate cloak and a double-barrelled name when such things were in fashion; he was good at golf, fencing, judo and boxing, and ran about in a snazzy sports car.
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