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Book Title: Game Without Rules|
Edition: Carroll & Graf Publishers
Date of issue: July 1st 1988
ISBN 13: 9780881844016
The author of the book: Michael Gilbert
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 345 KB
Read full description of the books Game Without Rules:Michael Gilbert's short story collection Game Without Rules (1967) is the best collection of stories devoted to espionage and counter intelligence that I have ever read. I am pleased to know through Wikipedia that Anthony Boucher agreed with me. The collection features Samuel Behrens, retired schoolmaster and British Intelligence operative; Daniel Calder, interested in small arms, the cello and the history of the Peninsular War--oh, and Britishi Intelligence operative; and Rasselas, Calder's loyal Persian deer hound who makes his own contributions in the service of his country. Calder and Behrens work in the "E" (External) Branch of the Join Services Standing Intelligence Committee under Mr. Fortescue, a mild-mannered bank manager who also serves as the "controller and paymaster of a bunch of middle aged cutthroats" ("The Spoilers"). Though the two men are in their fifties, they have lost none of their edge and will most assuredly take out anyone who threatens the peace of Britain.
The most amazing thing about these stories by Gilbert is that even though they are short, they pack a heck of a wallop. Each story could have been expanded into a novel--the themes are so rich and story-worthy--but Gilbert's economy and deft descriptions make it possible to tell the essentials in an action-packed short without losing any of the important points. Straight, to the point storytelling with believable plots and characterization make for a prize-package of reading. So, economical are they, that it would be difficult to give a synopsis without giving away the essence of the story. Highly recommended.
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Born in Lincolnshire in 1912, Michael Francis Gilbert was educated in Sussex before entering the University of London where he gained an LLB with honours in 1937. Gilbert was a founding member of the British Crime Writers Association, and in 1988 he was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America - an achievement many thought long overdue. He won the Life Achievement Anthony Award at the 1990 Boucheron in London, and in 1980 he was knighted as a Commander in the Order of the British Empire. Gilbert made his debut in 1947 with Close Quarters, and since then has become recognized as one of our most versatile British mystery writers.
He was the father of Harriett Gilbert.
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