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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,471 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Trevanian Narrator: Joe Barrett Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jonathan Hemlock Novels Release Date:
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In a renovated Gothic church on Long Island lives Jonathan Hemlock, an art professor and world-renowned mountain climber who finances his black-market art collection by working as a freelance assassin.

Now, Hemlock is being tricked into a hazardous assignment that involves an attempt to scale one of the most treacherous mountain peaks in the Swiss Alps: the Eiger. His target is one of his three fellow climbers. The problem is that the people who hired him at CII can’t tell him which one.

In a breathtakingly suspenseful story that is part thriller and part satire, Trevanian traces Hemlock’s spine-tingling adventures, introducing a cast of intriguing characters—villains, traitors, beautiful women—into the highly charged atmosphere of danger. The accumulating threads of suspicion, accusation, and evidence gradually knit themselves into a bizarre and death-defying climax.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Superior suspense on almost every page…the hero is a masterpiece of conflicting qualities—something for everyone.”

    New York Times

  • “Joe Barrett’s gruff voice creates tension and a noir atmosphere. He also nails the sly sense of humor that permeates the novel, from the opening incident, which claims a spy’s life in Montreal, to the irony that follows Hemlock through his adventure in the Alps. Trevanian’s cynical take on the secret agent myth is worth checking out, even decades later, and Barrett’s interpretation makes the amoral Hemlock a character to remember.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dominick | 2/12/2014

    " This really is a clever and fun book. I don't know if I'd have seen the twist coming so clearly as I did had I not read it first decades ago and remembered enough to know what was coming, but the fact that I even remember such a detail speaks to the staying power of the book. Assassin Jonathan Hemlock is hired/coerced into carrying out a dangerous "sanction" or assassination only he can manage, since the target is a mountain climber, as Hemlock was in earlier pre-assassin days. This book includes all you'd expect in a spy/thriller kind of book--amoral protagonist, shadowy agencies, violence, lots of sex--but all twisted slightly sideways, not enough to turn the book into a parody of the form but just enough to make it something of a satire. You can take it straight, of course, as a solid thriller, but the spark of the book really lies in its cold humour and the way it tweaks the very conventions its exploiting. Great fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by David | 1/1/2014

    " This was a good spy novel with interesting and well-developed characters and an intriguing plot, enhanced with interesting and detailed descriptions of mountain climbing, but spoiled by excessive profanity, sex, and violence. I was very disappointed - this is just not my style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Josh | 12/7/2013

    " The main character in these novels is just a badass. Really. Bourne has nothing on him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Manoj Srivastava | 11/19/2013

    " The movie was better entertainment. I have always found Trevanian somewhat pompous, and fairly unrealistic, (e.g. Shibumi, apart from flashbacks). this book is a fun, though not necessarily good, read. "

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