Deadly Score

Paul Myers, Author Doubleday Books $12.95 (190p) ISBN 978-0-385-24992-8
Since 1976, former spy Mark Holland has been managing classical musicians on tour. Ten years later in Tokyo, another agent, shot and dying, entrusts him with a message and Mark suspects that the games being played by his former bosses and international competitors are dirtier than before. Conferring with former colleagues in America and England, Holland intuits a sordid conspiracy in the making. He has no facts, however, as he leaves for Berlin to confer with a client, the renowned conductor Konstantin Steigel. Hoping to secretly buy recently discovered Gustave Mahler scores, Steigel asks Holland to handle the deal in East Berlin. Tense events reach a horrifying climax, with Holland seized and tortured, released only after an ``arrangement'' between British and Soviet agencies. He is traveling again, out to settle the ``deadly score,'' as the author, a classical record producer, ends the story on a note of quivering suspense. (June)
Reviewed on: 04/30/1989
Release date: 05/01/1989
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