* THE FOURTH NOVEL IN THE BESTSELLING MODESTY BLAISE SERIES *
'The finest escapist thrillers ever written' THE TIMES
'Before Buffy, before Charlie's Angels, before Purdy and Emma Peel, there was Modesty Blaise' – OBSERVER
Dinah Pilgrim and her sister Judy are vacationing in Panama when they're attacked on a lonely beach by a pair of gunmen. Judy is killed and Dinah is almost taken prisoner, and only the intervention of Willie Garvin – loyal lieutenant to Modesty Blaise – saves her. But with the entire Panamanian underworld searching for them, Willie and Dinah must go into hiding.
It's not enough – Dinah is brutally kidnapped. Modesty and Willie must travel to Algeria and The Sahara to rescue her. But they're up against the most formidable opponents they've ever crossed swords with, quite literally. In the high reaches of an abandoned Foreign Legion fort, Modesty will find herself in a duel to the death with a swordmaster who has no mercy…