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Playing With Cobras Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 24 May 1993
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- Publisher : HarperCollins; Abridged edition (24 May 1993)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0001047191
- ISBN-13 : 978-0001047198
- Dimensions : 10.6 x 1.7 x 13.9 cm
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From the Back Cover
It began as a simple inquiry; had Philip Cass savagely murdered his beautiful mistress, wife of India's soon-to-be Prime Minister, V K Sharmer? Patrick Hyde, ex-SIS agent, owes his life to Cass so he agrees to investigate the case – unofficially. He believes Cass when he says he has been framed – but the truth does not suit anyone else, especially Sharmer, who is hiding several very deadly secrets. When Hyde uncovers them, it's not only his own life he puts in danger because Sharmer does not care how many innocents die to keep him safely in power…
Craig Thomas is in top form in this superbly constructed thriller, building the tension exquisitely to its edge-of-the-seat climax.
About the Author
Craig Thomas is married and lives with his wife and two tortoiseshell cats in Staffordshire. His interests include cricket, gardening and music, especially classical music and jazz. He is also interested in philosophy and political theory (his collection of essays, There to Here, is published by Fontana Press).
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In Delhi, British agent Philip Cass uncovers the drug-dealing plot of VK Sharmar who could be in a position to become the next Prime Minister of India. Nervous of being found out, Sharmar frames Cass of the murder of an Inidan film star Cass is having an affair with, who happens to be Sharmar's wife. After Cass is arrested for the murder, Peter Shelley, now head of SIS after Kenneth Aubrey retied at the end of A Hooded Crow, re-inlistes Patrick Hyde back into the service, who also retired along with Aubrey. Hyde is reluctant to come back, but because Cass helped him out in the events of The Bear's Tears and The Last Raven, he feels he owes his friend the returned favor.
Hyde arrives in India to look into the matter and decides Cass is innocent. But then Sharmar becomes the new Prime Minister. Now untouchable, Shelley has no choice but to tell Hyde to leave the Cass case alone, but Hyde won't have that and desperately tries to clear Cass before it's too late. To make things complicated, Ros, Hyde's girlfriend, gets caught in the middle. Her and Hyde were going to head for Australia after finishing his business in India, but when things get complicated Hyde ends up having to use Ros's help, putting her in great danger in the process.
This is a really great Craig book. And although it's pretty much a by-the-numbers typical thriller, it's very entertaining. Patrick Hyde is one of my favorite of Craig's characters, and this one is the most Hyde-dominated book of the ones he appears in. Really great stuff.