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Snare of the Hunter von Helen MacInnes
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Snare of the Hunter (Original 1974; 1974. Auflage)

von Helen MacInnes (Autor)

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Irina Kusak's recently divorced husband, Jiri Hrádek, is a high-ranking official in the Czechoslovakian secret police: cruel, ambitious, utterly ruthless. So when he turns a blind eye to her defection to the west, she is uneasy. Aided in her escape by a group of friends, including David Mennery, an American with whom she once had a passionate affair, Irina begins to feel herself truly free. But soon their journey becomes a nightmare. It becomes clear that Hrádek only allowed Irina to defect in order to bait a trap for her father, a world-famous author living in secrecy in the west, but when she refuses to lead Hrádek to his quarry, Irina herself becomes his prime target. As Hrádek closes in and Irina's life hangs in the balance, David Mennery is drawn into a desperate fight to protect her and finds himself once more falling deeply in love...… (mehr)
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Titel:Snare of the Hunter
Autoren:Helen MacInnes (Autor)
Info:William Collins Sons Co Ltd (1974), Edition: First Edition, 288 pages
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I'm a glutton for vintage stories written about espionage, cold war era shenanigans and political machinations. As written elsewhere, Helen MacInnes certainly belongs to the pantheon of spy novelists, and deserves a place alongside novelists such as LeCarre, Ambler, early-Ken Follet, Freemantle and Deighton. I've read many of MacInnes' oeuvre and this is one of the cold-war settings that I've enjoyed the most. In my view her more human approach in her writing has aged well unlike Len Deighton's and some of Brian Freemantle's.

MacInnes' novels feel really well-pulled together and she's an expert at building suspense without the story feeling contrived. Admirably, the narrative in this book doesn't feel dated, even though, historically, it is set in bygone times. While I had a few niggles (Jo Corelli seemed poorly-described as to her inclusion in the group and David's participation was overly reliant on a very long ago military career and friendship with Irina), the plot was captivating and had a few not-so-surprising developments that didn't detract from the story as a whole. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Aug 1, 2021 |
I was surprised and pleased with this story, a first time read for me of a book by Helen MacInnes. It was a page-turner, can't-put-it-down type of book, with lots of plot twists. Very good, will be reading more by this author! ( )
  fuzzi | Apr 18, 2020 |
Though she was a successful and prolific author, like many women she is basically forgotten. In terms of plotting she’s right up there with LeCarre, Ambler and Deighton. There were fewer chases, fights and gunplay though, that I noticed and wondered how one of the guys would have written this novel. There’s also a bit more backstory to the characters than is sometimes done with these books. It isn’t espionage exactly, but it’s close. Someone has to be smuggled out of a closed country and so a lot of the techniques and trappings for doing that echo a spy thriller. MacInnes drew a sharp distinction between the sumgglee and the smugglers and I thought that worked well although all of them are supposed amateurs. It is a bit of a stretch that David would volunteer for the job in the first place though. ( )
1 abstimmen Bookmarque | Nov 22, 2016 |
I don't remember much of this book but I vaguely recall that I liked it very much at the time.

This is one of the books I plan to re-read in future (I still have a copy, though it is a bit worn out due to the passage of time). ( )
  Veeralpadhiar | Mar 31, 2013 |
Nice cold war spy story. It could have used a quirky character or situation. ( )
  BonnieJune54 | May 26, 2012 |
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Helen MacInnesHauptautoralle Ausgabenberechnet
Haglund, AnjaÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
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Irina Kusak's recently divorced husband, Jiri Hrádek, is a high-ranking official in the Czechoslovakian secret police: cruel, ambitious, utterly ruthless. So when he turns a blind eye to her defection to the west, she is uneasy. Aided in her escape by a group of friends, including David Mennery, an American with whom she once had a passionate affair, Irina begins to feel herself truly free. But soon their journey becomes a nightmare. It becomes clear that Hrádek only allowed Irina to defect in order to bait a trap for her father, a world-famous author living in secrecy in the west, but when she refuses to lead Hrádek to his quarry, Irina herself becomes his prime target. As Hrádek closes in and Irina's life hangs in the balance, David Mennery is drawn into a desperate fight to protect her and finds himself once more falling deeply in love...

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