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A rogue agent has come in from the cold and wants to spill his secrets. The Organisation wants Ishmael to find out if Frank Parker is who he says he is, what he really knows, and why he has emerged from the shadows after all this time.
Ishmael heads to Ringstone Lodge in Yorkshire where Parker is being held to find that an atmosphere of fear and suspicion prevails. As he and his fellow residents are menaced by a series of alarming and inexplicable incidents, Ishmael sets out to prove that it's human trickery rather than any supernatural being behind the seemingly ghostly goings-on. But matters take an unexpected turn when one of their number is brutally murdered, and once again Ishmael must turn detective in order to entrap a twisted killer before they strike again.
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Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-07-18
- Reviewer: Staff
British author Green’s fun second Ishmael Jones mystery (after 2015’s The Dark Side of the Road) takes Jones, a space alien who crash landed on Earth in 1963 and is now able to pass as an eternally 20-something human, and Penny Belcourt, his resourceful partner/lover at the ultraclandestine Organization, to creepy-crawly Ringstone House in Yorkshire’s forbidding North Riding. Ringstone is a black-ops debriefing center, where a veteran Organization field agent known as Frank Parker, who went rogue and now “wants to come home,” is being interrogated. Jones and Penny join the crew at Ringstone attempting to ascertain who Parker really is and what he may reveal about moles within the Organization. Grisly murder follows murder, spiked with allegedly ghostly goings-on, Jones’s constant edgy self-deprecatory banter, and the ball-breaking judo moves that Penny learned from nuns at her boarding school. Not to be taken too seriously, this meld of SF and traditional hard-boiled spy fiction hints at plenty of further adventures. (Sept.)