In the wilds of Tibet, Modesty must repay the debt she owes
to an ancient mystic who once saved her life by finding the
mysterious Black Pearl. Before her stand marauding bandits,
the might of the Himalayas and the power of Red China...
beautiful with a bullet (that's what the blurb on the back
of this collection says - whatever that means). Modesty Blaise
- the cult creation of best-selling author Peter O'Donnell
- returns for another searing slice of '60s chic thrills set
in the shadowy underworld of espionage and mystery. The
Black Pearl also collects The Magnified Man, The Jericho
Caper and The Killing Ground.
Black Pearl sees Modesty shooting off across the globe
in a bid to collect the black pearl and return it to its rightful
owner. Things are not that simple and there is a surprising,
and humourous twist to this tale.
Magnified Man is a story that contains a far-fetched premise.
Or so you'd think. In his introduction Peter O'Donnell explains
that it was based on a real invention that he'd read about
40 years ago - one that was obviously never developed - that
could magnify a man.
Jerico Caper sees Modesty accompany a man of the cloth,
Father Ramon, on a quest to track down and rescue three of
his flock who have been kidnapped. It's not going to be an
easy journey and the government will not protect or help them.
Killing Ground is a short tale, which was originally only
syndicated in the Scottish press. To say it was written and
drawn in a rush, both O'Donnell and artist Jim Holdaway do
a fantastic job of keeping the story up to the standard of
other Modesty tales.
collection also includes a feature on O'Donnell's other novels
written under the pseudonym of Madeleine Brent, as well as
the third part of an interview with O'Donnell.
the chic hits the fan there's no one you'd rather have fighting
your corner than Modesty. Another fantastic collection.
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