Dead Man's Handle (Paperback)

(Modesty Blaise)

Peter O'Donnell

In the eleventh instalment of the bestselling Modesty Blaise series, Modesty and Willie Garvin are pitted against one another in a terrifying fight to the death


'The finest escapist thrillers ever written' THE TIMES

'Before Buffy, before Charlie's Angels, before Purdy and Emma Peel, there was Modesty Blaise' OBSERVER

The headquarters of 'The Hostel of Righteousness' is an old monastery on the small Greek island Kalivari. But there is nothing holy about the organisation. On the contrary, Dr. Thaddeus Pilgrim and his followers are among the most unholy people you could have the misfortune of meeting.

Willie Garvin and Modesty Blaise are targeted by Dr. Pilgrim, who has an obsession for creating 'interesting scenarios'. Willie is kidnapped and brought to Kalivari under heavy sedation, then brainwashed to believe that Modesty has been murdered by a woman called Delilah. The twist? Willie is convinced that 'Delilah' is a woman who looks exactly like Modesty herself. Now the two comrades are pitted against one another, and Dr. Pilgrim's diabolical plan may well lead to their deaths.

Publication date: 11/08/2005


ISBN: 9780285637276

Imprint: Souvenir Press

Subject: Fiction

Reviews for Dead Man's Handle

'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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