A Taste for Death (Paperback)

(Modesty Blaise)

Peter O'Donnell

In the fourth instalment of the bestselling Modesty Blaise series, Modesty and Willie Garvin must save a young woman from the criminal underworld


'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...

Publication date: 30/08/2006


ISBN: 9780285637658

Imprint: Souvenir Press

Subject: Fiction

Reviews for A Taste for Death

'These books are the finest escapist thrillers ever written'

 The Times

'In the beginning there was Modesty. Cooler than the pretentious James Bond, tougher than the brain-dead Mike Hammer'

Lauren Henderson, author of Dead White Female 

'Before Buffy, before Charlie's Angels, before Purdy and Emma Peel there was Modesty Blaise. For almost 40 years, Peter O'Donnell's iconic heroine drop-kicked her way through a swath of villains and into a unique place in popular culture'


'One of the great partnerships in fiction, bearing comparison with that of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson'

Kingsley Amis 

'O'Donnell is one of those rare popular writers, like Josephine Tey or P.G. Wodehouse, who inspire not just fandom but love'

 New York Times

'Modesty Blaise was the comic-strip criminal genius, turned occasional secret service operative, who managed to combine timeless beauty and elegance with the ability to break every bone in your body... there's never been a better time to become acquainted'

 The Crack

'The continuing renaissance of the immortal heroine: thrilling, humorous and timeless adventures, the Modesty Blaise series are seminal British crime novels'

 Crime Time

'The stories of Modesty are better than James Bond and funnier'


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