The Man From Moscow : a Commander Shaw Novel by Philip Mccutchan
New York: John Day Co., 1965. Stated "First American Edition" on the copyright page. Hardcover. 252 pages ; 21 cm. $3.95 dust jacket. Lean to spine. Small bookshop sticker on front free end paper. Soiling to front cover board. Pages are tone and unmarked. Binding is firm.
The Man from Moscow
A Novel by PHILIP McCUTCHAN
The new Commander Shaw adventure takes this popular secret agent on an unofficial visit behind the Iron Curtain, where his exploits keep the reader's heart in his throat.
From an important Russian contact in London Shaw learns that a clique of extremists, backed by the M.V.D., intend to make a bid for power in the Kremlin and simultaneously to launch an apparently accidental knock-out blow at Britain while the long-awaited Foreign Ministers' Conference is in session in London. With only thirteen days to go before the Conference, Shaw sets off on his most difficult and dangerous mission for British Intelligence—to find out the exact nature of the threat and prevent its execution.
With the help of an attractive Russian woman doctor and against the combined efforts of Russian officials and a renegade British scientist, Shaw learns of the diabolically fantastic plan for destruction of Britain. How he penetrates to the operational heart where men and women toil naked in the stifling heat, and with only minutes to spare foils the Kremlin gang's bid for power, surpasses in excitement anything that this author has yet written.
The Man from Moscow has pace, punch, plausibility, and a touch of sex. It will make many new friends for the intrepid Commander Shaw.
Philip McCutchan says that he always wanted to write but did not get down to it until he left the sea in 1949. The son of a sea captain, he took up the same career when he joined the British Navy as an ordinary seaman at the outbreak of World War II. He served in the Mediterranean, West Africa, and North Atlantic convoys, aboard destroyers, ocean boarding vessel, cruiser, battle cruiser, battleship, and aircraft carriers, and he ended the war as a lieutenant. He has given full time to writing since 1960.
He has had some eighty short stories and articles published and several radio scripts produced besides his "Commander Shaw" books and other novels.
Following are a few comments from British reviewers:
"Shaw is getting really hot stuff." —London Daily Telegraph
"In his exciting handling of plot, his ingenuity and his technical accuracy, Mr. McCutchan equals, if he does not surpass, much of Ian Fleming's work. Agent 007 had better look to his laurels." —Coventry Evening Telegraph
"Indisputably among our best writers of thrillers." —Birmingham Post
"This gets my vote as the best Commander Shaw book to date...." —Ann Britton, Books & Bookmen
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