Xanadu Talisman (Paperback)

(Modesty Blaise)

Peter O'Donnell

In the tenth instalment of the bestselling Modesty Blaise series, Modesty and Willie Garvin must travel the world to save a friend and recover an item of immense value


'The finest escapist thrillers ever written' THE TIMES

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

Ms. Pendergast, a middle-aged nanny operating the criminal force 'El Mico', may not be your typical villain. But in the world of Modesty Blaise, who is? She and her two young charges, Jeremy and Dominic Silk, have made themselves the most potent underworld force in North Africa. In their latest triumph, they've stolen 'The Object' an item of immense value. However, they've also suffered their greatest setback - Bernard Martel, a top lieutenant, has double-crossed them and stolen it back.

Pursued and close to death, a delirious Bernard reveals to Modesty Blaise a series of obscure clues, setting her and Willie Garvin on a quest to recover The Object and rescue Tracy, Bernard's wife. From thrilling Tangier, to mysterious Marrekesh, to the grandeur of the High Atlas Mountains, Modesty and Willie stop at nothing in one of their most riveting and action-packed adventures yet.

Publication date: 31/08/2002


ISBN: 9780285636439

Imprint: Souvenir Press

Subject: Fiction

Reviews for Xanadu Talisman

'These books are the finest escapist thrillers ever written'

 The Times

'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

'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 

'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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