The Xanadu Talisman - Peter O'DonnellLondon: Souvenir Press, 1981, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is darkened at the spine. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Edges of the text block very slightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “El Mico was the power behind every major crime along the Mediterranean coast from Gibraltar to Suez. He saw all that went on and planned accordingly. Yet he had no real existence.
When Modesty Blaise set out to fulfill the wishes of a dying man, every move she made was watched by El Mico, for he believed that she would solve the mystery of the Talisman and so lead him to a prize of immeasurable value.
With the incomparable Willie Garvin at her side and her trouble-prone friend, the guileless Dr. Giles Pennyfeather, getting under her feet, Modesty soon found herself in conflict with extraordinary and powerful opponents as she per-sued her quest. There was Little Krell, a prodigy in combat; the Silk brothers, juvenile adults who dealt in death; and the astonishing Nanny Prendergast.
The story moves from Tangier to Paris, from the Riviera to Corsica, and at last to the stronghold in the heart of the Atlas Mountains, called Xanadu, where Modesty and Willie are trapped into gladiatorial death-duels. It is here that they learn the secret of the mysterious El Mico; here that they discover the nature of the Object whose name may not be spoken; and here that the final battle — of wits against guns — is fought to its bitter conclusion.
The Xanadu Talisman sparkles with all the verve and style that have marked the previous Modesty Blaise adventures and that have brought Peter O’Donnell’s cool heroine international acclaim.”