Masterstroke - Marilyn SharpLondon: Severn House, 1982, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Dustwrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges, nicked at the top corner of the lower panel. Edges of the textblock very lightly spotted.
From the cover: “Korcula. Hitherto it was no more than a holiday island on Yugoslavia’s Adriatic coast; now it is about to become the focus of world attention.
For Korcula is to be the scene of a new Human Rights Conference, a conference which both the Russians and Americans appear eager to make a true success. The meeting has been dreamed up by Peter Lucas — a man of high ideals — but it is the Secretary of State himself, Arthur Compton, who has taken up the cause of the conference and made it a practical reality.
Compton’s support is essential to Lucas’s plan, but it’s satisfying in other ways too. Compton has long been Peter’s mentor and friend; he is also the father of Nicole, the woman Peter loves. His plans seem to be proceeding perfectly — until a series of events begin to cast a sinister shadow over the conference.
Days before the major powers gather on Korcula, four Russian diplomats are killed. Soon after, the Yugoslavian amabssador to the US is murdered at the Kennedy Centre. And then Steve Katz, Peter’s best friend, is blown up in his own house on Washington’s East Capitol Street. Dying, he whispers one last instruction to his friend — Investigate Marco Polo.
From that moment, the machinations of the intelligence services and the double-dealings of the politicians conspire to destroy the conference. Increasingly, Peter and Nicole are drawn into a deadly mystery that threatens Peter’s dream of peace — and his life!”